The U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings to U.S. citizens for thirty-one (31) countries. According to their website:
“Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country…”
Despite the reported risk, what’s common to many of these countries is the fact that medium-sized and large corporations continue to operate significant businesses there. Sometimes the corporations have regional headquarters in one of these countries. Other times, as with Axxana, they may be headquartered there. And far too few corporations are adequately prepared to continue operations when the country where they are operating becomes unstable.
One way for a multi-national corporation to continue operations through these periods of unrest, is to have a secondary operations center and a redundant failover site in another country. In order to protect and replicate the maximum amount of data to another country, which has historically been unaffordable for most organizations, companies need to take advantage of asynchronous replication strategies and data de-duplication and compression technology, to minimize communications line charges. Axxana’s Phoenix System RP, helps corporations take better advantage of communications lines and asynchronous replication, while protecting data that has not been transmitted to the remote site.
Like multi-national businesses, government agencies and companies operating in a single country are also inadequately prepared to survive a disaster. Unlike multi-nationals, however, they often don’t have the luxury of recovering operations in another country. In this case, Axxana can help, too, by enabling the maximum possible separation between primary and secondary recovery data centers and by protecting data through some of the most significant catastrophic events that could occur, such as a building collapse or a fire.
Even in Israel, which is always preparing for potential unrest, there is a lot of room for improvement. Meir Shitrit, who chairs the Science and Technology Committee of the Knesset, Israel’s legislative branch of the government, said at a recent meeting, “Critical information systems, both in the private sector and business sector, must be prepared, not just with data protection and business continuity, but also to allow the continuation of service on an ongoing basis.” Unfortunately, as this recent article reports: “Of 17 Israeli government departments examined, five had no disaster recovery plans, five were preparing for a disaster recovery plan, and seven had plans in place.”