Why disaster Happen

Why disaster Happen

Think You’re Prepared for Disasters? Think Again.

As part of business continuity and disaster recovery planning, organizations often focus on maintaining application availability and uptime by preventing or mitigating the natural and human-made events that lead to outages and disasters.

While this tactic is important, it is often futile. That’s because it is practically impossible to foresee and address all the ways that inter-dependent systems can fail and ultimately lead to full-blown disasters. A recent business impact report by Wikibon1 shows that an organization with $2 billion in annual revenue has a 50 percent probability of at least one disastrous outage in a four-year period. Such an outage would last at least seven hours and result in at least $14 million in related costs.

The reality is that outages and events almost never go as expected. Wikibon recently took a deep dive into the complex and seemingly infinite ways that disaster recovery can skid off course. Its Why IT Disasters Happen report is enough to keep even the most diligent, experienced, and well-financed DR and business continuity teams awake at night. The report discusses a range of triggers for IT disasters—everything from power outages and flooding to software failures and human error. It then goes on to explain why issues such as “false redundancy,” uncontained fires and unimagined events have left organizations unprepared when they occurred—even when prevention measures were in place.

These events become disasters if organizations cannot recover quickly and therefore experience the costs and other risks associated with prolonged downtime.

As Wikibon highlights, the only way to prevent events from turning into disasters with protracted recovery processes, costly reconciliation, and unacceptable downtime is to ensure zero data loss—no matter what event occurs or where.

While the traditional approach to zero data loss has involved at least two data centers and synchronous replication, Axxana’s Phoenix revolutionizes disaster recovery and business continuity by enabling zero data loss at any distance and in any configuration. Its disaster-proof Phoenix Black Box—with built-in independent power, storage, compute, and communication capabilities—removes the risks associated with extreme temperatures, flooding, power failures, and all other eventualities. It continues to protect yet-to-be-replicated data during local, regional and rolling disasters, and then transfers the data via cellular, WAN, or manual connection to the recovery site.

Because Axxana’s Phoenix ensures that data is never lost, organizations can be certain of data integrity between the primary and secondary site. This means they can fail over

1 D. Floyer, Wikibon, The Business Impact of Eliminating Loss of Data in Flight. March 2019. https://wikibon.com/hardening-data-in-flight-reduces-it-disasters/

immediately to the recovery site and return to operations quickly and with minimal involvement from IT specialists. As Wikibon research confirms, Axxana’s Phoenix is the only commercially available solution for hardened, onsite data protection. And, it comes at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.

To find out more, read the Wikibon report, Why IT Disasters Happen.

To discuss how Axxana’s Phoenix can help you achieve continuous availability and be truly prepared for any event, contact us here.