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How to Improve Business Resiliency with Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS)

The fundamental premise behind the very existence of an IT department is the expectation that systems will be kept operational and business-critical applications will always be available. With that in mind, IT leaders invest an immense amount of time and capital into ensuring that their systems are as robust as possible, data is protected and performance is monitored.

However, as the pace of business and change accelerates, it is an increasingly difficult task to stay ahead of the curve. This is especially true when trying to plan for disasters, which are, almost by definition, unforeseeable. Disasters can come in many forms— from a site-wide outage due to a natural event to data corruption caused by human error to malicious attacks requiring extraordinary measures to overcome and recover to a safe point—and the number and types of events that can cause disruption are on the rise.

More than 50% of organizations declared a disaster and failed over operations to their recovery site at least once over the last five years.

In 2020, ransomware incidents will grow as attackers learn that holding data hostage is a quick path to monetization.

In Q4 2019, the average downtime caused by a ransomware attack was 12.1 days—nearly double what it was at the same time in 2018.

What’s more, the stakes have never been higher.

The potential implications of disaster-related IT failures are far-reaching and can range from breached medical records to legal repercussions, privacy leaks, lost revenue and damage to brand value. For all these reasons, any business reliant on IT for any part of its ongoing operations needs to have an up-to-date, regularly tested disaster recovery plan.

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