A week laden with technology glitches of all kinds, as just experienced globally could potentially drive enterprises to raise their ante for preventive measures. IT is alive to the myriad challenges that come up on the business landscape, evidenced by offerings such as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) that protect enterprises from a freefall in untoward circumstances.
DR came into sharp focus on June 30, 2012 when the international timekeepers added a second to the clock at midnight universal time affecting several major websites like Reddit, Gawker, Foursquare, Java, Hadoop, Apache Cassandra, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Mozilla and Yelp that were somewhat caught off-guard by the 'leap second'. This happened just a day after thunderstorms in eastern USA affected Amazon's cloud services bringing sites like Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram to a temporary halt.
A week earlier, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Natwest and Ulster Bank faced an IT breakdown that left thousands of customers with no access to their bank accounts. Earlier in June, a 30-minute computer-related glitch on NASDAQ racked up a $40m bill for the stock exchange as they had to reimburse investors who tried in vain to buy Facebook shares on the day of the IPO.
Enterprises in general spend millions buffing up their systems and processes to safeguard them from external attacks but they tend to spend far less time, effort or energy on security from internal threats. With DRaaS enterprises can tackle their DR needs in a cost-efficient manner. DRaaS provides enterprises a robust backup of their cloud-based data along with automation and testing to ensure that the backup is being created continuously, and instantly – all this on a pay-as-you-go basis. Also, with automated virtualization platforms for DR enterprises can quickly provision additional resources online once the disaster is detected. DRaaS dramatically cuts down recovery time after a failure which is key to an enterprise's business continuity.
Looking ahead, DRaaS is still nascent but enterprises, especially SMBs with limited IT budgets, are ideally placed to leverage this cloud-based service to ward off potential disasters, even as they save on data center space, IT infrastructure and IT resources.