PROTECT YOUR DATA AND APPS FROM A
AND OTHER LESS LIKELY DISASTERS
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How to protect your data and applications from zombies and other disasters. Learn how cloud for disaster recovery allows you to recover apps after a disaster.

Disasters happen, especially when it comes to technology. Hurricanes, floods and viruses are all well known, but we took a look at a lesser-known phenomena: the zombie apocalypse and the impact it could have on your business.
Regardless of the type of threat your business is worried about, the cloud offers newer, more affordable and more flexible recovery options through cloud service providers than have previously been available. Even if no zombie attacks have ever been confirmed (yet), the following data offers a compelling look at how you can protect your business, and where your infrastructure may be vulnerable. View the infographic below to learn more!

http://www.bluelock.com/recovery-from-zombies-and-disasters/

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Protect Your Data and Apps from Zombies and Other Disasters

  1. 1. PROTECT YOUR DATA AND APPS FROM A AND OTHER LESS LIKELY DISASTERS Disasters happen, especially when it comes to technology. Hurricanes, floods and viruses are all well known, but we took a look at a lesser-known phenomena: the zombie apocalypse and the impact it could have on your business. Regardless of the type of threat your business is worried about, the cloud offers newer, more affordable and more flexible recovery options through cloud service providers than have previously been available. Even if no zombie attacks have ever been confirmed (yet), the following data offers a compelling look at how you can protect your business, and where your infrastructure may be vulnerable. DISASTERS ARE ON THE RISE NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS are on the rise, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.1 DOMESTIC INTEREST IN ZOMBIE ATTACKS 80 350 70 300 is also on the rise, according to Wikipedia’s list of zombie films.2 60 AND 50 250 200 40 150 30 20 100 10 50 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid.year 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Zombie_films 1 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 SOME BELIEVE THE CORRELATION COULD BE RELATED TO ZOMBIES Disasters come in all varieties, and most businesses are under-protected. Disaster recovery allows you to protect and recover your applications after a disaster. TYPES OF DISASTERS HUMAN ERROR 1950 SERVER FAILURE 47% NATURAL 29% BROWN OUT CAUSES OF IT DISASTERS HURRICANE OUTAGE VIRUS CORRUPT DATA HACKING BAD CODE 3 MAN-MADE POWER/COMM FAILURE NATURAL DISASTERS 15% 9% 3 TORNADO UNDEAD ZOMBIES http://www.continuitycentral.com/news060321.html WHY CLOUD FOR DISASTER RECOVERY? Cloud-based recovery protection makes it much harder for zombies to wreak havoc on your datacenter and applications. RECOVERY TIME 2017 Lower application recovery time FAILOVER FLEXIBILITY will adopt cloud services exclusively to support IT operations recovery by 2017.2 FREQUENT TESTING Flexibility for frequent recovery plan exercising 40% OF RESPONDENTS REDUCED COST REDUCED RISK OF MIDSIZE ENTERPRISES 2013 Support for selective application failover and datacenter recovery ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD-BASED 1 DISASTER RECOVERY 35% Potentially reduced recovery exercising cost Reduced recovery risk due to oversubscribed resource limitations following the occurence of a major disaster event 40% worldwide reported using cloud services and listed reducing cost and improving agility/flexibility as top reasons to use cloud.3 Gartner, “Do Your Homework Before Committing to Cloud-Based Recovery Services” 2013. 3 Gartner, ”Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-Based Recovery Services” 2013. 2 1 Gartner, “Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-based Recovery Services” 2013. CONCERNS WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY CONCERN? PROTECTING YOUR APPLICATIONS PROTECTING YOUR DATA You need your applications and the supporting data that power your business and revenue stream to be back up and running in hours not days. You need to protect against data loss but your data can withstand downtime of 24–48 hours. WHERE ARE YOUR APPLICATIONS LOCATED? PROTECTING APPS IN YOUR DATACENTER PROTECTING APPS IN A CLOUD Free your staff and resources up from having to manage a second datacenter site and choose to recover your in-house production applications to the cloud using To-Cloud Recovery-as-a-Service. TO-CLOUD RECOVERY-AS-A-SERVICE Protect your applications that are hosted in a public cloud environment by having a cloudbased recovery site in a different regional location using In-Cloud Recovery-as-a-Service. IN-CLOUD RECOVERY-AS-A-SERVICE BACKUP-AS-A-SERVICE RECOVERY SOLUTIONS 21% RECOVERY-AS-A-SERVICE (RAAS) 2017 $1.2 B EXPECTED GROWTH Recovery-as-a-Service recovers not only your files and databases, but also your applications. This means that after a disaster hits you are essentially given a working system, as opposed to just the working parts that still need to be reassembled. Achieve a recovery point objective (RPO) of 30 minutes or less and recovery time objective (RTO) of 4 hours. in Recovery-as-aService spending over the next 4 years.4 2012 $465.7 M BACKUP-AS-A-SERVICE (BAAS) 4 Backup-as-a-Service recovers your files and data to a multi-tenant, cloud-based environment. Rather than backing up data to physical tapes, manage and schedule backups to the cloud. BaaS customers can typically expect a 24-hour or less RPO and a 24–48 hour RTO. Gartner, “Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-Based Recovery Services” 2013. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TEST? 80% OFTEN MAKES UP 20% OF TESTING or less of the total number of production applications. should be done on applications that are the most missioncritical.5 5 Testing is the most important thing to ensure you are prepared to respond when a disaster occurs. X 2 2 ANNUAL TESTS is the suggested minimum from many service providers to ensure your solution is working properly. Gartner, “Best Practices for Planning and Managing Disaster Recovery Testing” 2013. EVALUATING PROVIDERS Find a provider whose strengths align with your disaster recovery objectives. 6 STEPS TO WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICE PROVIDERS 1 List your applications and perform a risk and impact analysis for each. 2 Determine your DR and backup budgets and prioritize your applications. 3 Determine each application’s ideal RTO and RPO. Confirm your provider can support these. 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK A CLOUD STORAGE PROVIDER BEFORE PURSUING DISASTER RECOVERY IN THE CLOUD 1 How will my data be secured in the cloud? Does the provider offer encryption services, both for data in-transit and data at-rest? 2 Does the cloud provider satisfy regulatory requirements for the regulations I care about? How is compliance measured and certified? 3 What are the expected recovery times (RTOs) for the data I’ll be storing in the cloud? Is the topic of RTOs covered in the service-level agreement (SLA)? 4 Determine where you want your DR site to be located, keeping natural disaster patterns and network latency in mind. 5 Outline your DR process (run-book) and test it with your provider. 4 Does the cloud storage provider have a 6 Plan for the unexpected with seasonal tests and use those to keep your run-book up-to-date. 5 Can the provider effectively match the demostrated track record in meeting data availability and recovery requirements? virtualization infrastructure I have in-house to facilitate rapid recovery? 6 Will the provider allow me to test and exercise 6 TechTarget, “Why You Should Incorporate a Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan” 2013. DR processes on a regular basis to ensure my organization is prepared in the event of an outage? OTHER VENDOR CONSIDERATIONS CAN THE VENDOR HANDLE HIGHLY SECURE DATA? CAN THE VENDOR HANDLE REGIONAL DISASTERS? Secure data can be encrypted when you’re working with an experienced provider. RaaS is an ideal solution for applications that contain HIPAA data, PCI-DSS compliant data and other high-security information. When determining where to replicate your data to, evaluate the types of disasters you’re most vulnerable to. Choosing how far away to replicate is a balance of latency, cost and risk aversion. GET PROTECTED FROM ZOMBIES AND OTHER DISASTERS bluelock.com/cloud-services/raas Sources: http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid/year http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_zombie_films http://www.continuitycentral.com/news06032.html http://searchcloudstorage.techtarget.com/tip/Why-you-should-incorporate-a-cloud-disaster-recovery-plan Gartner “Market Trends: Assessment of the Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud-based Recovery Services” 2013. Gartner “Do Your Homework Before Committing to Cloud-Based Recovery Services” 2013. Gartner “Best Practices for Planning and Managing Disaster Recovery Testing” 2013. 6

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