11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution
Some businesses assume that a robust backup regimen is enough to keep their business running in the event of a disaster. These same organisations often believe that data replication systems are too complex, expensive or simply beyond their requirements.
Fortunately, all three of these beliefs are wrong – here are 11 reasons why every business needs a data replication solution:
1. Maximising Systems Availability
In the data-driven business, downtime is completely unacceptable. Using data replication technologies, you can develop a complete duplicate of your environment for failover in an emergency. Your systems will be available even during the most severe data centre outage.
2. Reduced Time to Recovery
When properly configured, using the right solution for the task, automated failover will complete in seconds. This means your business operations will be almost completely unaffected while recovering systems in your primary data centre.
3. Simplified Backups
Because data replication, when using the right solutions, synchronises files in real time, everything is backed up in the event of a disaster. Managing backup configuration and media sets is greatly simplified as a result. An ideal DR solution should be able to manage interdependencies between disparate systems too, providing a seamless implementation experience.
4. Lower Costs in the Event of Outage or Disaster
As systems failover in seconds, your business can avoid the enormous costs associated with downtime. Some estimates suggest outages associated with IT failures can reach $1.6 million per hour.
5. Fully-Accurate Data Copies
By copying files in real-time, your data replication system prevents the inaccuracies and deficiencies associated with traditional offline backups. These point-in-time copies will always miss the most recent updates – not an issue with real-time synchronisation.
6. Granular Data Recovery Options
With all of your data and virtual machines backed up in real-time, you can also restore as much or as little of that information as you like. Recovery can be completed according to the unique needs of your business, based on application and/or business unit requirements. And because the replicated data is already online, recovery can be initiated within seconds and completed in minutes. Typically as soon as 15 minutes, depending on solution and configuration.
7. Improved Data Protection
Storing a copy of your data offsite is a fundamental principle of good data replication design. Data replication automates offsite copying, either to a secondary data centre or onto a suitable Cloud platform, so you no longer need to arrange for offsite media storage, and the risks inherent in using physical media.
8. Protection Against Ransomware
Ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity threats faced by your business at the moment, but data replication can help to contain and manage an infection. Should ransomware begin to spread across your live network, you can manually trigger the failover to your replicated site. This will halt the spread of the malware and buy your IT team time to restore clean copies of affected files and systems.
9. Improved Data Visibility
As well as increasing data availability, a replication system also provides additional information about your file stores and virtual machines. Integrated dashboards provide at-a-glance insight into replication status, failures and other factors that need immediate attention to ensure data integrity and accuracy.
10. Ability to Test/Develop Applications without Risking Active Systems and Applications
Developing against live systems is a bad idea, but at some point new applications will need to be deployed for use. Occasionally these new applications cause problems, potentially even taking key systems offline. Should this happen on a site protected with data replication, you can simply redirect application requests to the backup system – your end user will never notice the difference and productivity will not be affected in any way. Alternatively you can carry out development and testing in your Cloud environment from the outset using a replicated copy of the application.
11. Flexible Infrastructure Options
Traditional backup systems can restrict your infrastructure options moving forward – if you can’t back up a particular system, you can’t actually use it. Data replication systems are far more flexible, connecting to a range of platforms onsite, offsite and in the Cloud.
It also supports reducing, or even eliminating, the need for physical data centres housing servers for applications and VM’s, allowing organisations to reduce their overhead costs.
Because replication is completely transparent, it doesn’t matter where the data is physically located – which means you can start building a flexible infrastructure that adapts to your changing business needs.
Time to Act
The reality is that no business should be without data replication, particularly as the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, penalising businesses who lose personal data. To learn more about data replication and how it will benefit your operations (and help protect against a massive GDPR fine) please get in touch.