The End of the Road for Traditional Disaster Recovery
Last year we surveyed several hundred IT pros about disaster recovery (DR) practices and the findings were dismal. Almost two-thirds of respondents don’t follow best practices, testing their DR site less than once a year. When asked why, 56% cited inadequate IT resources and 34% said that processes were too complex.
The next most common reason is, in a nutshell, frustration. Disaster recovery is no longer even a priority for the IT team. Network connectivity issues, followed by configuration issues and missing patches and updates were cited as the most common causes of recovery failures. That is, even when teams are exercising their DR capabilities, failures creep into the mix.
Traditional disaster recovery exercising isn’t productive as far as best practices are concerned. Almost as many IT pros have given up as have embraced best practices. As environments grow larger and more complex, this situation promises to get worse. With workloads and networks becoming increasingly strategic to growth and operations, it is clear that complexity will escalate.
For the multi-billion business in providing traditional disaster recovery solutions and services, customer frustration isn’t good news. It suggests that buyers are open to new approaches. After all, uptime is even more important today than it was when these solutions and services entered the market. Lengthy outages can have very fast and significant operating and brand impacts.
There is hope, thanks to technical developments in cloud-based pay as you go operating models and robust automation of once manual tasks (including the exhaustive use of scripts). The integration of traditional on-premise workloads into infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) compute, storage, networking and security-related APIs promises to substantially reduce reliance upon traditional disaster recovery exercising and allow IT pros to test more easily and with fewer errors.
As demands increase further, the shift from manual processes augmented by arcane tools to software augmented by limited manual processes will signal a new era in workload protection. Automated cloud recovery will mean reduced business risk, increased productivity and higher overall confidence. IT will become more resilient by shuttering secondary data centers and embracing the cloud. Traditional disaster recovery… will not recover.