In today’s world, businesses need to stay up and running more than ever – they cannot afford days or even an hour of downtime. In fact, a single hour of downtime can cost organizations up to $160,000. So, how can your organization avoid these costs, ensure faster recovery time and even prevent downtime? It may be time to change your data protection strategy. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you still using tape for backup?
  • Is your colocation or archiving costing you thousands?
  • Are you still using decade old servers that can fail at any time?

Organizations have come to the realization that its traditional methods of backup and recovery are not providing the level of protection needed. Additionally, it’s important to understand that different workloads require different types of protection.

A recent survey by ESG  highlights new trends and alternatives to traditional backup and disaster recovery solutions. In his short video, “Midsize Organizations Need a New Data Protection Strategy,” ESG Analyst Jason Buffington takes an in-depth look at the survey key findings. This video will cover the must-know trends that are driving organizations to new data protection solutions.

Let’s take a look at some of the key findings from the survey.

Increased Use of Server Virtualization
When ESG asked IT professionals what their most important IT priorities were during the next 12 months, the top response was the need to increase their use of server virtualization. There are many benefits to implementing a server virtualization strategy. Moving from physical servers to virtual machines consolidates your hardware and results in lower costs based on reduction for maintenance and upfront purchase costs. Virtualization also means that you will have fewer servers, less racks are needed and  will ultimately reduce your total cost of ownership. In addition, virtualization also takes the stress off of your IT manager, because deploying, set-up and maintenance time is dramatically reduced.

Improve Data Backup and Recovery
The second response was the need to improve data and backup recovery. Consider the following when evaluating solutions: look for local recovery, either physical or virtual so an onsite asset will always be part of the solution. Also, make sure you have extended protection via the cloud since you may encounter a disaster or IT interruption onsite. Look to the cloud as a platform, a place to instantly failover for disaster recovery and business continuity related reasons.

If you are considering a new data and application protection strategy, a consolidated hybrid cloud solution may be worth checking out. As discussed in the ESG video, you should replace backup, replication, deduplication and other disparate technologies with a consolidated, hybrid cloud solution.