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Protect Your Data and Apps from Zombies and Other Disasters

PROTECT YOUR DATA AND APPS FROM A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE AND OTHER LESS LIKELY DISASTERS Disasters happen, especially when it comes to technology. Hurricanes, floods and viruses are all well known, but we took a look at a lesser-known phenomena: the zombie apocalypse and the impact it could have on your business. Regardless of the type of threat your business is worried about, the cloud offers newer, more affordable and more flexible recovery options through cloud service providers than have previously been available. Even if no zombie attacks have ever been confirmed (yet), the following data offers a compelling look at how you can protect your business, and where your infrastructure may be vulnerable. DISASTERS ARE ON THE RISE NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS are on the rise, DOMESTIC INTEREST IN ZOMBIE ATTACKS is also on the rise, according to Wikipedia's list of zombie films.? according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.' 80 350 70 300 ull 60 AND 250 50 200 40 150 30 100 20 50 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 'http://www.fema gov/disasters/grid.year SOME BELIEVE THE CORRELATION COULD BE RELATED TO ZOMBIES * TYPES OF DISASTERS Disasters come in all varieties, and most businesses are under-protected. Disaster recovery allows you to protect and recover your applications after a disaster. ........................................................................... HUMAN ERROR SERVER FAILURE NATURAL ............. ....................... 47% 29% BROWN OUT TORNADO HURRICANE OU TA GE CAUSES OF IT DISASTERS MAN-MADE </> POWER/COMM FAILURE VIRUS CORRUPT DATA HACKING BAD CODE NATURAL DISASTERS 15% 9% UNDEAD ZOMBIES 3 WHY CLOUD FOR DISASTER RECOVERY? Cloud-based recovery protection makes it much harder for zombies to wreak havoc on your datacenter and applications. RECOVERY TIME Lower application recovery time :2017 35% FAILOVER FLEXIBILITY Support for selective application failover and datacenter recovery OF MIDSIZE ENTERPRISES will adopt cloud services exclusively to support IT 2013 operations recovery ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD-BASED DISASTER RECOVERY' by 2017. FREQUENT TESTING Flexibility for frequent recovery plan exercising 40% REDUCED COST Potentially reduced recovery exercising cost OF RESPONDENTS worldwide reported using 40% cloud services and listed reducing cost and improving agility/flexibility as top REDUCED RISK Reduced recovery risk due to oversubscribed resource limitations following the occurence of a major disaster event reasons to use cloud.3 * Gartner, "Do Your Homework Before Committing to Cloud-Based Recovery Services" 2013. 3 Gartner, "Market Trends: ASsessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-Based Recovery Services" 2013. Gartner, "Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-based Recovery Services" 2013. CONCERNS ......... WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY CONCERN? PROTECTING YOUR APPLICATIONS You need your applications and the supporting data that power your business and revenue stream to be back up and running in hours not days. PROTECTING YOUR DATA You need to protect against data loss but your data can withstand downtime of 24-48 hours. WHERE ARE YOUR APPLICATIONS LOCATED? PROTECTING APPS IN A CLOUD PROTECTING APPS IN YOUR DATACENTER Free your staff and resources up from having to manage a second datacenter site and choose to recover your in-house production applications to the cloud using To-Cloud Recovery-as-a-Service. Protect your applications that are hosted in a public cloud environment by having a cloud- based recovery site in a different regional location using In-Cloud Recovery-as-a-Service. TO-CLOUD RECOVERY-AS-A-SERVICE IN-CLOUD RECOVERY-AS-A-SERVICE BACKUP-AS-A-SERVICE RECOVERY SOLUTIONS RECOVERY-AS-A-SERVICE (RAAS) 2017 21% $1.2 B EXPECTED GROWTH Recovery-as-a-Service recovers not only your files and databases, but also your applications. This means that after a disaster hits you are essentially given a working system, as opposed to just the working parts that still need to be reassembled. Achieve a recovery point objective (RPO) of 30 minutes or less and recovery time objective (RTO) of 4 hours. in Recovery-as-a- Service spending over the next 4 years.4 2012 $465.7 M BACKUP-AS-A-SERVICE (BAAS) Backup-as-a-Service recovers your files and data to a multi-tenant, cloud-based environment. Rather than backing up data to physical tapes, manage and schedule backups to the cloud. BaaS customers can typically expect a 24-hour or less RPO and a 24-48 hour RTO. 4 Gartner, "Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-Based Recovery Services" 2013. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TEST? Testing is the most important thing to ensure you are prepared to respond when a disaster occurs. 80% OF TESTING OFTEN MAKES UP 20% or less of the total number of production applications. 2 ANNUAL TESTS is the suggested minimum from many service providers to ensure your solution is working properly. x2 should be done on applications that are the most mission- critical.5 5 Gartner, "Best Practices for Planning and Managing Disaster Recovery Testing" 2013. EVALUATING PROVIDERS Find a provider whose strengths align with your disaster recovery objectives. 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK A CLOUD STORAGE PROVIDER BEFORE PURSUING DISASTER RECOVERY IN THE CLOUD 6 STEPS TO WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICE PROVIDERS List your applications and perform a risk and impact analysis for each. How will my data be secured in the cloud? Does the provider offer encryption services, both for data in-transit and data at-rest? Determine your DR and backup budgets and prioritize your applications. 2 Does the cloud provider satisfy regulatory requirements for the regulations I care about? How is compliance measured and certified? Determine each application's ideal RTO and RPO. Confirm your provider can support these. 3 Determine where you want your DR site to be located, keeping natural disaster patterns and network latency in mind. What are the expected recovery times (RTOS) for the data l'll be storing in the cloud? Is the topic of RTOS covered in the service-level agreement (SLA)? 4 Outline your DR process (run-book) and test it with your provider. Does the cloud storage provider have a demostrated track record in meeting data availability and recovery requirements? Plan for the unexpected with seasonal tests and use those to keep your run-book up-to-date. Can the provider effectively match the virtualization infrastructure I have in-house to facilitate rapid recovery? Will the provider allow me to test and exercise DR processes on a regular basis to ensure my organization is prepared in the event of an outage? Tech Target, "Why You Should Incorporate a Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan" 2013. OTHER VENDOR CONSIDERATIONS CAN THE VENDOR HANDLE HIGHLY SECURE DATA? CAN THE VENDOR HANDLE REGIONAL DISASTERS? Secure data can be encrypted when you're working with an experienced provider. RaaS is an ideal solution for applications that contain HIPAA data, PCI-DSS compliant data and other high-security information. When determining where to replicate your data to, evaluate the types of disas- ters you're most vulnerable to. Choosing how far away to replicate is a balance of latency, cost and risk aversion. GET PROTECTED FROM ZOMBIES AND OTHER DISASTERS bluelock. Sources: http://searchcloud Gartner "Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-based Recovery Services" 2013. Gartner "Do Your Homework Before Committing to Cloud-Based Recovery Services" 2013. Gartner "Best Practices for Planning and Managing Disaster Recovery Testing" 2013.

Protect Your Data and Apps from Zombies and Other Disasters

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