Progress, it turns out, does not always make the world better. In some cases, it just makes it more bloody complicated.
Such is the apparent case, says Symantec—a security, storage and systems management solutions firm—in today’s disaster recovery scene. Many organizations are struggling to sustain the effectiveness of their security efforts in the face of an ever-more-complex technological landscape, reports Symantec in their recently released Disaster Recovery Study.
The report—Symantec’s sixth annual, undertaken to highlight business trends regarding disaster-recovery planning and preparedness—explains that disparate virtual, physical and cloud resources create an environment in which mission-critical applications and the data they house are in peril of becoming damaged, delayed or irretrievably lost. With nearly 60% of respondents using multiple tools to manage and protect applications and data in virtual environments today, it’s no surprise that security problems are rampant or that organizations are struggling, quite simply, with system overload.
Users, says the report, which polled IT managers of 1,700 large enterprises in 18 countries, are failing to back up a full 44% of data housed on virtual systems. Similarly, only 20% of respondents report employing replication and failover technologies to protect their virtual environments.
Respondents say that they conduct 82% of their backups on a weekly—at best—rate of frequency. And three-fifths of virtualized servers out there are not covered in respondents’ current disaster-recovery plans, up significantly from 45% in 2009.
In parsing its findings, the study uncovered a state of sincere confusion among data centre managers, suddenly charged with responsibility for managing and protecting a whole new slew of virtual applications and data. Some 58% of respondents cited protecting mission-critical applications in virtual and physical environments as a significant challenge their organization faces.
And so, while virtualizing servers and storage arrays are serious forces in today’s IT world, the means to adequately protect this new universe has not bloomed at the same pace. For the myriad of benefits virtualization and cloud offer the data centre organization, there’s no denying the heap of new concerns in whose company they travel.
The trick, then, is to master the management of this complex new reality responsibly, and with confidence. A better appreciation for the nuances of becoming a virtualized shop, a dedicated commitment to cloud computing and all that this brave new world entails, and an enhanced stream of information regarding how to properly back up data are critical to today’s companies, as they make the bridge into tomorrow.
In the recommendations section of the study, Symantec’s director of its storage and availability management group, Dan Lamorena, says, “Data centre managers should simplify and standardize so they can focus on fundamental best practices that help reduce downtime.”
To that end, businesses need to review their data recovery plans with IT professionals, like those on offer through 360 Visibility. With these experts’ help, organizations can take the pains necessary to ensure the continuation of all their business-critical, IT-related systems—whether they be virtual, cloud or physical.