Written by Dominic Green, Cloud Computing Practice Lead and Harry Pain Business Development Manager Cloud
In the face of increment rises in cyber-attacks, infrastructure failures, human error and other threats, companies now have an increased focus 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 which 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 resulted in the carrier having to apologise over 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 major, 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.
So, what were the three key pain points for 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
It’s no secret that disaster recovery is becoming a bigger 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 is 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.
Are you looking for a cloud-focused Disaster Recovery approach for your business? We’d love to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org
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