Every organization is vulnerable to disaster, and threats which can come in many forms. Organisations are vulnerable to weather, fires, power outages, computer viruses, data corruption, disk drive faults, and everyone's favorite-human error. Downtime after a disaster or data loss event is kryptonite to business continuity, so it's critical for companies to restore full operations and recover their data as quickly as possible.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can be even more at risk for the damages that can occur from extended recovery time after a disaster. Limited IT budgets, immature infrastructures and fewer personnel can prevent SMBs from having complete backup and data recovery systems in the first place, leading to an extended downtime, irreparable financial and reputational damages etcetera.
So what can SMBs do to protect themselves? Ganesh Kuppuswamy Director of Arcserve India & SAARC region, shares his views and insights on what actions SMBs would be wise to take before the next disaster strikes.
What do you see as the largest gaps in data protection and recovery space today? And what do typical SMB organizations fail to consider in the recovery of their data?
The journey towards ensuring comprehensive and reliable data protection is fraught with complexity, expenses and often confusions. For decades, the high costs of complete data protection and recovery solutions put them largely out of the reach of small and medium sized organizations. Without a robust IT budget they are left with gaping holes in their business continuity plans.
Having talked to our customers and partners, we have constantly heard pain points such as different RTO and RPO goals, increasing complex environments with on-premises, off-premises, public, private or hybrid cloud; scalability to meet business growth demand; IT skills shortage to manage complex solutions; and not having enough IT budget to manage everything.
Clearly, IT complexity will continue to be the keyword in the current scenario and every organization will look for a solution. However, amongst the trends that dominated last year involved certain solutions like adoption of virtualization and comprehensive data protection solutions for hybrid environments in order to reduce costs, risk of data loss and complexity.
There have been advancements in data de-duplication to address the permanent issue of over-expanding data, or the removal of multiple copies of the same piece of data via algorithms that identify and eliminate redundancy. Cloud for data protection has become a more widely accepted method with significant advancements in network bandwidth and lower costs.
SMBs are well aware of the inevitable constraints that their size dictates-less capital, immature infrastructure and fewer personnel than the big corporations at the top of their industries. But these SMBs are more than capable of using these constraints to their favor.
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