Today, CxOs do not tolerate any loss of data in their critical business applications. They always search for data recovery methods with zero downtime and zero data loss. An interesting interview with Michael Orange, Sales manager of Arcserve, opened up options for all these and solutions worthy of trying out.
Arcserve protects in real-time the critical applications and guarantees near-zero downtime and data loss while being non-disruptive, easily-deployable and affordable. “That is unique in the market. At Arcserve we truly believe that any size organizations should be able to avoid IT disasters, making data loss obsolete.” said Mr Orange.
The most important parameters on which enterprises choose optimal disaster recovery plan are Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). “RTO was the major focus of most of the vendors.” he said. “Now as C level executives understand that even though RTO is important, RPO is even more important because it shows how much data is going to be lost. An Osterman Research report pointed out that already nearly 50% of decision makers would not tolerate any data loss for their critical applications.” Mr Orange sees this as one of the biggest trend in the market.
This trend came into existence primarily because organizations have to deal with more and more cyber-threats. “If we look at Ransomware alone, it is projected to sweep every 14 seconds in 2019. It is a major area of concern for any organization.” said Mr Orange.
This is one of the many reasons Arcserve came up with the solution suite Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP). Arcserve UDP combine backup, high availability (near-zero data loss and downtime), cloud protection and data archiving within one solution and unprecedented cost-effectiveness. These unique Disaster Recovery features led to major partnerships in the region, including a strategic alliance with Saudi Telecom Solutions.
Another interesting set of capabilities from Arcserve is UDP Cloud Direct. “It is the only cloud-first solution to meet both RTO/RPO requirements of minutes without extra on-premises hardware. It is ideal for customers who cannot afford to have an additional backup infrastructure onsite.” This way there is no additional infrastructure expenses while at the same time getting a tailor-made data recovery plan. This methodology helps those customers where it is hard to have an on-premise hardware, like vessels in the sea. “We have signed an agreement with Jana Marine Co. in Saudi Arabia to protect all their fleet of vessels. They can now protect all their vessels easily and remotely without any additional infrastructure or backup servers in their ships.”
To design a good Disaster Recovery plan, Arcserve recommends their customers to plan it carefully and keep it simple. “It is key to ensure a strategy which enables a quick and effective recovery through the correct use of backup and DR solution.” said Mohammad Banat, technical lead at Arcserve Middle-East. “Plan testing (manual or automatic), training and exercising should not be optional. Regular testing will help you to find any weakness on your plan, and adjust it before any unexpected failure. The plan should be prepared by the complete team: Backup/DR team, Network team and Application team – documented, approved and tested in coordination with all the stakeholders.”