Disaster Recovery: Why cloud is an option to consider
SAP — at the core of your enterprise — faces several potential threats that can paralyse your business. Only a good contingency plan can save the day.
Do your business-critical applications, say ERP or CRM, run on SAP? That’s a good choice right there. And to maintain continuous SAP availability in an increasingly complex interconnected application environment is no joke. We applaud you for keeping that up as efficiently as you have.So, you’d already know that there are potential risks all around — shared technology risks, cyber-attack, natural calamities and so on. Since an ERP is integrated across critical business processes, impacting every area of the enterprise, any disruption could bring your business to a halt. At times, data loss and downtime are so long and severe that it can cause irretrievable loss to the company’s reputation.To safeguard against these risks and more, you need a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. Do you have one?A full-proof disaster recovery (DR) strategy takes care of many potential threats to the SAP environment and acts as a survival mechanism for businesses at scale.
DR, like insurance, is an investment towards business continuity.
The purpose of disaster recovery is not to directly save cost, but to save opportunity cost in times of disaster — protecting the business from potential losses and irrecoverable damage.
Disaster Recovery is at a site level. It is appropriate for cases when the whole of primary site is down, either due to natural or man-made calamity and would require days if not weeks to recover. It brings out two key aspects. One, it will be idealistic to assume that all applications and features will be available in same scale and detail during DR. Two, it will be equally idealistic to zero impact to business.
Disaster Recovery on cloud then becomes a more viable option. Cloud DR requires no onsite hardware building costs, it merely needs data-sync sized instances for normal time, is scalable on par with the growth of your business with practically no physical capacity issues, more flexible with pay-per-use models, easy connectivity from anywhere, anytime, using any device, smooth and quick backup with minimal configurations in a matter of minutes. All in all, lower cost of operations and faster recovery times, assuring your business keeps functioning during and after any type of disaster by virtualizing each location where your data resides.
A good disaster recovery strategy must take into account your business’s existing facilities, the level of security required and budget, but also accommodate future growth. It must provide thorough coverage, better control and flexibility, tested and proven to meet and deliver upon accepted RTO and RPO for SAP.
Today, managed disaster recovery has become an increasingly cost-effective solution for businesses, given favorable cost, risk and service attributes of the cloud.
So what are you waiting for?
Switch to cloud now!