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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Planning a Recovery from Data Doomsday

Every business today is seriously considering Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning. For some organizations it is about maintaining the highest levels of customer service and for some other organizations it is a regulatory practice.

Technology is changing rapidly giving rise to increased data volumes & higher data storage demands. This consequently poses a challenge to data security. Due to the complexity of businesses systems used today & the tremendous amount of data involved in transactions there is a high risk of data being lost and system failure.

What are the causes of a Data Center Failure?

The causes could be:

1. Natural Disasters such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. These usually account to a low percentage of approximately 2%

2. Hardware or System Problems – For example, if a RAID system’s cooling collapses, its drives could overheat and fail

3. Server Failure can lead to application downtime and may disrupt business and customer communication

4. Software Crash may cause data loss and system downtime

5. Virus Attacks – Hacking attempts and Virus attacks represent a continuous threat in the constantly changing IT landscape

6. Human Error – Human error accounts for around 32% of all data loss, although most mistakenly deleted data can be easily restored

Different industries can get impacted differently by downtime.

The above graph represents the lost revenue per hour for different industries.

In the following excerpt, Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHosting DataFort, talks about the problems that firms can face and how these can be remedied.

How does eHosting DataFort help organizations implement disaster recovery?

Disruptions can happen in many forms such as corruption of data files, power cuts or more severe situations such as earthquake, fire or civil unrest. Hence companies need to have their data protected at all times. eHosting DataFort offers disaster recovery sites at our data centres based in Dubai. In addition, we also offer comprehensive disaster recovery solutions including data replication services.

How much does it cost for a company to establish disaster recovery services?

An organization does not have to put in a lot of capital upfront as they can work with service providers on a lease basis. When it comes to size in terms of capacity, it does not have to be as large as the main production site, as it can be a back up of only the most critical services/applications.

As computer viruses, such as Flame, become more sophisticated, how secure is data on a remote site?

eHDF offers 24/7 monitoring to detect potential hacking activities. But security is a matter of how much money you put in it.

To learn more about eHDF’s Disaster Recovery Services, please visit: https://www.ehdf.com/disaster-recovery/

Source: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/the-life/planning-a-recovery-from-data-doomsday-at-ehosting-datafort#ixzz2doNt33wc

Source: IT Performance Engineering & Measurement Strategies: Quantifying Performance Loss, Meta Group, October 2000.

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