1. In the beginning
The traditional IT estate, common across all industries and still used by many companies, has the following traits:
- Onsite hardware
- An internal IT team who takes care of the estate
This scenario has some benefits but it’s not ideal for many reasons such as:
- Hardware ages quickly – creating legacy infrastructures which become tricky, time consuming and expensive to manage.
- Poor resilience - more vulnerable to network failures and the disruptive events of natural or manmade disasters.
- Technology is led by budget rather than by strategy.
If a disaster happens under these circumstances it will nearly always cause outage in applications, networks and potentially even customer facing functions like websites. How long the outage lasts is dependant entirely on the amount of time it takes the internal IT team to resolve the issue.
Whether it’s a quick fix or an entire new suite needs to be installed, data images will need to be restored from back up hardware, assuming this kit survived. There will be loss of data, loss of hardware, loss of business, and loss of money. Lots of money. An ugly situation and every IT engineer’s worst nightmare.
2. Going hybrid
More and more companies are now in the situation where some of their IT is onsite and some of it is hosted by a third-party provider. As resource moves off-site businesses benefit not only in cheaper overheads, but the added bonus of keeping certain applications and functions away from one geographic location. Hybrid IT has the following traits:
- Mix of onsite and cloud operations
- Still retains internal IT team to manage on-site elements and overall IT strategy
Whilst this does add extra baskets to keep your eggs safe in; outsourced IT, especially if offshore, has the potential to cause some logistical headaches if not managed correctly, such as:
- Compatibility issues
- Reliance on less-regulated utility companies
- Time zone discrepancies for support
- Static IT teams which are unable to respond to business initiatives
- Jumbled mix of capital expense and operational expense
If a disaster strikes a hybrid IT setup, then at least some of your business applications will be unaffected. Which ones and how important they are will need to be agreed internally and then negotiated with the external supplier, who will tend to charge appropriately for more critical elements.
3. Back to the future
A cloud-centric IT estate is where all applications and support infrastructure is managed offsite and looks like this:
- Applications hosted and run in the cloud
- Expert IT support which runs 24/7
- IT becomes a business utility
- Virtual desktops which are cheaper, safer and more inclusive for remote workers
- Fully scalable
- Can be set up in seconds
- Straightforward billing and management
If a disaster strikes this scenario you couldn’t be better protected. Live applications and data is mirrored in one, or more, datacentres located elsewhere to allow you to action a recovery plan which will get you up and running again with minimal impact to your business.
This unrivaled protection means that your data and applications can be restored to just seconds before the disaster took place. So if a disaster strikes your business, it’s like you can hop in a time machine and go back to the very instant before things went wrong and save your hours, even days of information and operation.
Regardless of which of these scenarios your current environment matches, it’s important your business has the confidence and, more importantly, the capabilities to recover from any possible disruption to your business.
Prodec Networks can help. Our Backup as a Service and Disaster Recovery as a Service offerings are perfect for any of these scenarios, they are accessible for micro business, SMEs and even enterprise level corporations, can be set up in seconds, scale as you grow and increase your agility. Prodec Networks operates from three secure, highly resilient, UK only data centres which are located across the UK to ensure the highest levels of availability to your business critical applications and data.