It’s Time to Rethink Your Approach to Backup & Disaster Recovery

John Woolley

It rings true every year: IT must do the same—or more—with less.

According to a recent Gartner survey, over half (52%) of IT leaders feel they lack the funds to adequately support the business. That doesn’t bode well when data center expenses (a Gartner-defined category that includes storage, backup and disaster recovery [DR], facilities, personnel, etc.) are expected to grow by .06% in 2018. Somewhere, something has to give.

But is that such a bad thing?

Of course, cutting back is never desirable, and, yes, slashing data management costs is particularly uninviting, as cut corners leading to prolonged downtime or information loss is a legitimate concern. But maybe most IT departments aren’t actually running as efficient as they could be. And maybe by taking a hard look at their budgets, they might actually get closer to that ideal.

Take backup and disaster recovery. Necessary evils, neither solution brings any intrinsic value to the business, but without them in place, any unexpected downtime or disaster is effectively ruinous. So heavy investment in each is commonplace. Two platforms. Two line items on the budget.

But, why? Why tolerate the time and expense of managing two different solutions when, with a few relatively minor exceptions, they both serve similar purposes? In the broadest sense, aren’t both backup and DR intended to act as reserves for when primary data is unavailable?

Fortunately, the days of separate solutions appear to be numbered. Providers have recognized the similarities between the two and have rolled out single, high-speed, efficient platforms that serve both purposes. Now, with one solution, it’s possible to failover your primary environment to an alternate environment that is capable of sustaining business continuity in the event of a disaster AND enjoy the immediate accesses of backup should you need to restore something comparatively smaller-scale, say, a missing document.

Consolidating into one platform not only saves on the time and energy of managing two different solutions, it cuts costs.

The bottom line? You’ll almost always have to worry about working with less (or if you’re one of the lucky few who don’t, you should be intent on increasing efficiency within IT anyways), so I recommend rethinking your approach to backup and DR.

What do you think?

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