April 04, 2016
Climate Change And BCDR
As Leonardo DiCaprio pointed out in his recent Oscar acceptance speech/environmental call to action, 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global temperature was 1.62 degrees higher than the 20th century average and 0.29 degrees higher than the previous record—which was set in 2014. These record warmths didn’t occur in isolation either. NOAA says the global average temperature increased by more than 1.4 degrees over the last century.
Climate change obviously has real-world implications that reach far beyond IT downtime. Truthfully, business continuity is sort of meaningless in the grand scheme of human suffering, but weather-related events are a major cause of IT downtime. From a power outage due to high winds to a flooded server room following a heavy rain, weather-related outages can cripple your business.
The contiguous United States had its second warmest and third wettest year on record. May 2015 was the U.S.’s wettest month since recording began in 1895. In China, heavy rains from May to October caused flooding that affected 75 million people. Meanwhile, western Canada saw moderate to extreme drought. In India, excessive heat in May through June (average temperature of 113 degrees) claimed nearly 2,000 lives. See what I mean about IT BCDR being kind of meaningless in comparison?
Still, if you’re in business today, you need to have some sort of plan in place to protect against weather-related outages. Many organisations don’t fully understand how long it takes to recover using traditional backup technology and how IT downtime can impact revenue. If you haven’t already, check out our RTO calculator to better understand the financial effect of downtime on your business. You may be unpleasantly surprised. Modern BCDR technologies such as Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology and Instant Virtualisation can get your applications back online much faster than traditional backup products. These technologies allow you to run an application from a backup instance of a virtual server—on a local appliance or in the cloud. Only few years ago, this was just a dream. Failover technology was so expensive, it was out of the reach of most small businesses.
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