Microsoft Azure Disaster Recovery Forum

Insights from our expert-lead discussion on Microsoft Azure's Disaster recovery solution

23rd November 2016Blog, News, Dominic Green

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Written by Dominic Green,  Cloud Computing Practice Lead and Harry Pain, Business Development Manager Cloud

Find out what top IT decision-makers had to say about cloud disaster recovery

In the face of increment rises in cyber-attacks, infrastructure failures, human error and other threats, companies now focus more on business continuity initiatives that were previously more of a tick-box exercise.

To take this one step further, there have been several notable and high-profile incidents recently that highlight the importance of having adequate defences in place to combat IT outages. Take, for example, the British Airways computer outage, which happened yet again last week, causing extensive flight delays and resulting in the carrier having to apologise for problems with check-in systems at Heathrow Terminal 5. This outage caused the check-in wait times at Heathrow Terminal 5 to go up to 45 minutes for some passengers, resulting in irreparable damage to the organisation’s brand.

This happened when an ongoing internet outage prevented thousands of BT customers across the UK from getting online. Customers frustrated over the lack of service took to social media to launch complaints against the telecom.

But aside from these significant, high-profile occurrences, there are also everyday system failures, environmental threats and numerous other incidents which have resulted in IT departments racing to protect their businesses against increasing threats. This has prompted increasing numbers of companies to evaluate disaster recovery technologies as a means to ensure resilience in the event of a potential outage.

Keen to understand just how organisations are approaching Disaster Recovery (DR), and, ultimately, to promote a cloud-first approach, we recently held a cloud-focused Disaster Recovery forum and roundtable discussion. The event saw close to twenty key IT decision makers from a host of blue chip organisations attend the discussion, in which we outlined ways in which a cloud based solution could better benefit their companies.

The three key pain points highlighted by attendees

  • Nearly 4 in 5 companies have had a major IT failure in the past two years
  • Almost 1 in 3 said it took between 1-4 hours to recover business operations after an IT failure
  • Over 1 in 5 took 8-24 hours to recover business operations after a major IT failure

Our offering: protecting your business with Microsoft Azure disaster recovery

It’s no secret that disaster recovery is becoming a significant part of every company’s business continuity strategy. With the average cost of downtime ranging from £60,000 for mid-size companies up to £650,000 for enterprises, data and operational uptime are mission-critical.

1 in 10 companies fail to recover in under an hour; with ASR delivered on the Microsoft Azure cloud, Northdoor can show you how to protect your environment and be confident in your DR strategy and plans.

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