Stay Immune From IT Outages with Disaster Recovery As a Service

Your data is the fuel of your business – it’s irreplaceable and you cannot afford to lose it. Whatever the cause – IT outages, natural disaster, or human error – data loss is hazardous to the life of your business. As your business progresses, you will need a proactive disaster recovery plan that enables workflow automation and simplifies recovery when the worst possible situations arise. Your disaster recovery plan should include the following ingredients:

  • Inventory of hardware, software application, and data
  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Personnel Control Program
  • Procedures for Information Services backup
  • Recovery Strategies
  • Test your DR plan regularly

Disaster Recovery entails:

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – How often do you back up your data? Whether you decide if it’s for every five minutes or five hours, that’s RPO.
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – How much time your business can afford to have your systems unavailable? Which all applications are mission critical and which are not? RTO determines that.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market size is expected to grow from USD 2.19 Billion in 2017 to USD 12.54 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 41.8%1. DRaaS or Cloud Disaster Recovery Service has become increasingly popular as a way for businesses to:

  • Restore to normal operations within minutes
  • Increase the capabilities to protect their digital assets.
  • Shorten the RTO from days to hours or minutes
  • Reducing the gap in RPO from days or weeks to seconds.
  • Shift to a commodified operational cost model

No data loss, no time loss

Leveraging a complete DR plan will be difficult if your business is struggling with overburdened IT team. Building your infrastructure can take a vast amount of time and resources. In this scenario, a DRaaS provider can be an advantage for you.

Points to consider while selecting a service provider:

  • What is their market presence? – Understand how long they have been in business and offering the solution
  • Scrutinize their offerings for hidden costs – their pricing model
  • Understand their testing capabilities – how often they perform internal tests, how they share results.
  • What are their security and encryption strategies?
  • Verify their compliance certifications meet your industry’s requirements

DRaaS enables businesses to reduce data loss risks at a more affordable cost and fewer capital expenditures than by doing DR on your own. DRaaS saves you the money you need to invest on a duplicate infrastructure, and your ROI becomes quantifiable. Gartner estimates the financial impact of downtime at $336,000 per hour2. With proper planning, practice and the right partner, DRaaS can save that cost.

Trigent’s DRaaS is multi-site, comprehensive, granular, and can be deployed faster and remotely. Our service provides scalable, block-level replication with Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of seconds and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of minutes. We provide businesses with tight SLAs and offer a cost-effective solution for your disaster recovery needs.

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Partner with us, and stay immune from effects of downtime and outages.

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Unclutter Your Cloud for Real Cost Advantage

We are aware of the fact that a key advantage of cloud computing is its ability to fit infrastructure to the requirements of an organization, i.e. pay only for what you use. With this formula for cost advantage, cloud computing is racing ahead as the preferred infrastructure of choice for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. As Ed Anderson, Gartner Research Vice President sums it up, “Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world. The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and ‘born in the cloud’ providers.”

Because of its popularity, companies embrace the ‘lift & shift’ strategy, replicating their on-premises infrastructure. They then realize that they have not saved much and they wonder why they went to all this trouble.

Strategies to transform your business into the digital world

The method to experience cost savings with cloud computing is to watch out for some hidden pits such as over- provisioning, under-optimizing, or forgetting to turn off the ‘lights’. What this means is, lifting and shifting your data from on-premise to the cloud is only the very basic step in cloud computing. How you optimize cloud space will be the factor that will actually help to save money.

A couple of tips to ensure that your cloud is cost effective:

Firstly, it is important to keep a strict watch on billing, just as you would the electricity in your home. Public cloud service providers like AWS offer their tools such as Billing Dashboard, Billing reports and Cost Explorer to quickly identify trends. There are some external options to monitor cloud costs such as Cloudyn and Cloudhealth. These tools help you to calculate savings on a bill.

The fact is most organizations simply focus on scalability and elasticity. They looked to the cloud for faster infrastructure set up. However, the result is clutter and unorganized usage of the Cloud. To quote an example, when a project kicks off, the infrastructure, storage and software with licenses are assigned. However, more often than not, there may not be hundred percent utilization 24/7. Also as the project progresses, the project manager could fail to report to the infrastructure team, the need to reduce cloud resources. As the project ends the actual usage may be very different from what was originally planned. To summarize, enterprises waste nearly 40 percent of their cloud spend on inefficient use.

However, do enterprises have the manpower, bandwidth or the know-how to continuously monitor the cloud for optimal usage? This requires dedicated people who are technically evolved and therefore understand what is required from the cloud. It is only with their intervention that cloud can become truly cost effective.

Trigent’s cloud cost optimization services can help you reduce both current and ongoing cloud costs by identifying and eliminating waste.

With Trigent, you are assured of:

  • Continuous optimization of cloud for cost and efficiency.
  • Proactive cost monitoring with advanced alerts for cost control.
  • Identify and uncover unused resources with 450+ pre-built checks.
  • Helps in streamlining your current and projected cloud spend.

If you have already migrated to the cloud or in the process of migrating, get in touch with Trigent to maximize your cloud returns.

Understanding Storage Technology

Storing, securing, and accessing valuable data is extremely important in this digital era. Here are a few tips on why you need data storage, how to secure your storage, how to access the storage on-the-go and who could provide secure data storage and disaster recovery.

Most everyone from large enterprises to individuals have confidential and highly secure data which is stored on some form of storage media. Individuals typically choose external hard disks or USB’s to store their data, while organizations opt for dedicated services with some backup plan in place. However, as data grows in volume it can become a bit tedious to maintain data integrity, security and continuity. In the off chance that disaster strikes, it is likely that all data will be lost leading to incomparable loss. Therefore, instead of waiting for a disaster to strike and then react, we can begin looking now at the best options available to store and secure data.

There are, generally speaking, three categories of storing techniques in the market today:

  • Block Level Storage
  • File Level Storage
  • Object Level Storage.

Storage vendors provide storing facilities with web access. Cloud storage, for example, provides a lot more benefits, but that is a different topic.

Related: Transition from “difficult to change” to Evolutionary Cloud Architecture

Storage Types

SAN (Storage Area Networks)

Large enterprises normally prefer SAN which can be set up with Statistical Analysis Systems (SAS), Internet Small Computer System Interfaces (ISCSI), Fiber Channels (FC), Fibre Channels over Ethernet (FCoE) at different speeds.

NAS (Network Attached Storage)

Small-scale enterprises prefer to go with NAS Storage, as they need less data to be stored when compared with large-scale enterprises.

Catalyst Object

Catalyst Object Store works for both small and large scale enterprises and has multiple advantages over the Virtual Tape and NAS storage systems. Any unstructured data can grow in 100PBs

Comparison between Block File and Object level Storage:

Following are some of the factors to be considered when buying storage devices:-

  • Backup tool interface.
  • Training to be provided by the company.
  • Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technologies that help to store redundant data on MSA consoles.
  • High Availability/ zero downtime.
  • Replication – Anywhere /anytime data.
  • Disaster Recovery- if you lose your storage devices due to some disaster, you will still be able to recover data.
  • Deduplication – lower the bandwidth to get better performance – client side or target side.
  • Thin Provisioning – loosely couples the storage device to the customer environment to scale up/down in the future.