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Too Many Businesses are Failing at Effective Data Recovery


September 11, 2015

Cloud disaster recovery and migration provider CloudVelox has announced the results of a survey of IT executives. According to the survey, many of these executives think that traditional data recovery is broken.

“The only people doing traditional DR effectively are companies making sizable investments in people and processes. The rest of the market is underserved, and as a result, many organizations have simply given up on DR from a best-practices standpoint," said Greg Ness, vice president of worldwide marketing, CloudVelox.

The sample included 343 executives responsible for data complexity. The survey found that 58 percent of companies with a data recovery plan tested it less than one a year. A further 33 percent said they didn’t test at all. The biggest reason cited was the complexity of the recovery plan.

Even worse, one in four of the respondents said their secondary data centers failed whenever they tested them.

While cloud computing has emerged as a possible solution, a lot of these companies have been reluctant to move all of their data to the cloud. While the cloud is convenient and has virtually no up-front costs, a lot of businesses are worried about the prospect of a third party dealing with their confidential data.

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"But there's a better way,” Ness said. “It's simply a matter of leveraging robust cloud APIs to automate complex processes and drive higher levels of agility. Hybrid cloud software enables a more agile, reliable approach that makes testing simple and migration fast."

That “better way,” according to Ness, is CloudVelox’s Pilot Light DR. Pilot Light DR uses Amazon Web Services to spin up a secondary data center in case of a failure of the primary one, or “ignited,” to use CloudVelox’s terminology. The analogy is with a pilot light on a furnace that allows it to be restarted.

Hybrid cloud solutions like Pilot Light let customers maintain control over their data while quickly switching over to the cloud when they need to.




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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