May 16, 2018

IT leaders know the drill. You talk to business execs about putting resources into disaster recovery services only to be told, over and over again, that the money isn’t available. Then your business is hit with a major outage, everybody asks why IT wasn’t ready for it, and, if you’re lucky, the funds start pouring in.

Maybe this is the year you can get ahead. With technology providing vast analysis of climate trends based on decades’ worth of data, analysts can predict probabilities for major weather events more accurately than ever. This visibility is paying off with some key insights. If your company has operations on the eastern seaboard, it’s time to get ready for hurricanes.

What to Expect from 2018’s Hurricane Season

According to the Weather Channel, the Colorado State university Tropical Meteorology Project recently released the results of its analysis regarding the 2018 hurricane season. Here’s what it learned:

  • We can expect 14 named storms this year, two more than normal based on a 30-year average.
  • We should anticipate seven hurricanes, one more than the mean for the past 30 years.
  • We may be hit by more major storms than usual, with three Category 3 or higher hurricanes on the horizon, compared to two most years.

This year’s hurricane season is shaping up to be slightly harsher than normal in the Atlantic, and businesses may want to move quickly to get their disaster recovery strategies up to speed. Officially, the storm season runs from June through December. If you’re relying on traditional disaster recovery strategies, you may not have time to get your backup systems up and running. However, Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service solutions offer organizations an opportunity to accelerate their backup and recovery strategies while gaining flexibility and resiliency.

Using DRaaS to Get Ahead of the Storms

Flooding, high winds and even inconveniently placed lightning strikes can cause extended outages in data centers, either by impacting the facility itself or causing issues in the power grid that trickle down to the data center. As organizations become more aware of the fragility of their IT environments and more reliant on data and applications in their day-to-day operations, many are turning to DRaaS to help minimize the impact of downtime events.

A study from ResearchFox Consulting found that the global DRaaS market has been rising quickly in recent years and will expand at a compound growth rate of more than 50 percent between 2017 and 2021. According to the research firm, DRaaS is attractive, in part, because it:

  • Offers pay-as-you-go functionality to minimize the initial capital investment.
  • Provides similar overarching services to a traditional disaster recovery platform, but in a fully managed third-party platform.
  • Reduces recovery point and recovery time objectives by allowing for real-time failover during disasters.
  • Brings the flexibility and scalability of cloud service models into the disaster recovery world.

DRaaS makes it easier to replicate elements of your infrastructure in a secondary location, allowing you to rapidly switch to the alternative cloud setup and maintain operations in the event of a disaster.

How Lume Elevates DRaaS Functionality

Many DRaaS solutions offer similar core functionality, but the actual performance and management of the backend systems can play a major role in the efficiency and costs of your plan. Three areas where Lume stands out include:

  • Our network of edge data centers that allow you to locate your DRaaS setup in the most logical destination relative to your operational and performance requirements.
  • Our clear and transparent policies around networking costs that ensure you aren’t shocked by high service fees or similar issues when you do need to tap into your backup systems.
  • Our commitment to excellence in managed services, giving clients access to engineering expertise that can elevate the IT back end.

DRaaS can empower your business to withstand the upcoming hurricane season, and Lume can set the foundation for success.

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