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DR strategies need to be creative

Zafar Anjum | July 15, 2013
Charles Clarke, Technical Director, APAC, Veeam Software, explains why organisations need to be more creative in their disaster recovery strategies and why the uptake of cloud and virtualisation in Asia is still lagging.

"What they had done is they used their software to perform a fail-over. What they had failed-over to was in a co-located data centre in Queensland just outside Brisbane but what it kind of said to me and what is interesting is we have long seen data centres as a place to put servers,  a place to put data, a place to use for hosting but what we were really seeing emerging across the region is organisations using data centres as a key part of their business continuity strategy even if they have their own data centre investment, even if they have their own on-premise IT infrastructure than using external data centres as part of that data protection strategy; I think it is becoming much more common.

"So that example from that customer in Australia was interesting to me and I think we are seeing a further extension of that into cloud type technologies as well. So we are seeing our customers; in fact again another example, one of my team has a customer where they are performing a backup of their local data and then they are replicating that backup to Amazon Web Services, the AWS - their S3 storage service. Inside that S3 storage service, they are able to perform recovery up in the cloud.

"So as we look at disaster protection around the entire region and we see in China several weeks ago and Bangladesh recently; I mean every week there is something happening, right? (There is) a major disaster or a minor disaster. Organisations need to be creative in terms of how they implement those DR strategies. So things like the cloud, things like data centres, are particularly relevant here in Singapore which is a hub across the entire region for data centres. Those kinds of creative strategies I think we are starting to see a lot more of."

I want Clarke to talk a little bit about the older systems and how it changed. How did companies manage their disaster recovery systems? What was then happening and what is now happening?

"From my own example in my early job in IT in the UK, we do backups and the backups will typically go on to tape and then what would happen is the tape will then go into the back of my car and will come to my house and they will sit under my bed for a little while," he says.

"Then occasionally we will take them off to some secure facility. So I think prior to the explosion in data centres and their unlocking capability with the cloud, from a disaster recovery perspective, the only way to protect things was to back up to something else and then have that off-site and then hope that the off-site facility was as secure as the on-site facility. The honest truth is that most organisations never even went to that effort and so clearly they are exposed. As I said with the unlocking of these capabilities that level of exposure can come down."


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