Disaster Recovery

Organizations are increasingly digital. Not only do they have data stored on on-premise infrastructure, but more often than not, they’re operating across public and private cloud and working with multiple service providers. While this complexity is advancing how organizations do business, it also makes networks that much more susceptible to downtime – whether that’s because of human error or security issues.
As many organizations know, the cloud is not one-size-fits-all – every enterprise has different workloads operating in different clouds and environments (from public cloud to private data centers). Moreover, today’s organizations must be able to operate 365/24/7, and require maximum uptime and data access.
As you may have seen from our recent blog post and on social media, Markley Group will be at this year’s Boston TechJam as an underwriting sponsor, and we couldn’t be more excited to see everyone next Thursday, June 13 at City Hall Plaza!
The old saying “prepare for the worst, hope for the best” has never been more applicable to the state of enterprise IT. Across industries, data breaches have become so persistent that data breach fatigue is part of every IT professional’s vocabulary. Pair that with the complexity of modern networks causing outages and unplanned downtime on a regular basis, and it's safer to assume when, not if, in dealing with disaster.
The other week, Boston was hit with its first snow storm of the season. It included snow, rain, and then more snow, and left the city slick with ice. And it’s probably no surprise that these types of conditions can make equipment maintenance all the more difficult, and power outages all the more likely.
Here at Markley, we understand the necessity of sound disaster recovery practices and provide unmatched Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for our customers’ most critical systems. We collaborate with a team of industry-leading partners to guarantee that your data stays safe and has a secure and reliable second home.
What good is having a sound plan in place, if it is never tested? Not very, especially in the realm of disaster recovery.
As everyone in the data center or colocation business knows, downtime can be costly – in terms of both money and customer loyalty. And as computing infrastructure becomes more interconnected, whether it is because of edge computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) or other factors, the cost of downtime is only going to rise.
An unfortunate truth of life is that disasters are bound to happen; preventing them all together is simply impossible. The same can be said in business, especially in the current landscape where organizations are reinventing themselves through ongoing digital transformation, frequently automating pre-existing processes and implementing unfamiliar tools in their IT environment.
It is no secret that Marvel’s Avengers movies do well in the box office; in fact, the latest movie, Avengers: Infinity War, just broke two billion in the global box office. However, Avengers: Infinity War is not the most recent Marvel movie to hit the big screen. Deadpool 2 will likely do just as well as the first Deadpool movie, which hit $783.1 million in the box office. Ant Man and the Wasp just hit theatres in the month of July. Much like everybody else, here at Markley, we can not get enough of these heroes, and the new mural at One Summer Street proves it.
We often talk about disaster recovery in terms of weather events, like hurricane season or a severe blizzard. Yet, that’s not the only time companies may find themselves in need of a disaster recovery plan – including during a cyberattack or a fluke accident that leaves equipment without power.
In the face of extreme weather – such as blizzards, hurricanes, floods and more – picking the right data center and storage solution is imperative.
If you’ve been following the devastating weather this hurricane season in Florida, Texas and the Caribbean, you know the immense strain it can put on infrastructure, services and resources.
Recent research backs up the idea that companies are turning to the hybrid cloud to save money and improve reliability/uptime – and to do so quickly and easily.
How would your business remain up-and-running if your critical applications and information were stuck in a battle between giant robots and undead pirates?
Do you accept downtime at your data center as a “normal” cost of doing business? What about an outage, or, even worse, a fire?
Despite the late winter storm that rolled through Boston and much of the East Coast this month, Spring has sprung. For organizations, this is an opportune time to take stock of existing data assets, examine cloud and physical storage solutions, and establish or refresh your disaster recovery plan. By regularly re-evaluating your data storage plan, you can ensure your business and employees are operating as effectively as possible.
With the Big Game on the horizon, it got us to thinking about what business lessons could be learned from what it took for both New England and Atlanta to rise above the rest of the competition this season. The common thread? Preparation.