Interesting submission from Walter N.
APARAJITA CHOUDHURY ,
4 NOVEMBER 2016
Indian enterprises lose an average of 37 percent data during disruptions and power outages, 53 percent of which is attributed to IT hardware failures, according to a study conducted by Zerto and Ovum.
(The year now is 2016. Half of all the lost data is caused by “IT hardware failures” in a century when all the electronics are solid state devices sealed in hard cases and untouchable. No delicate vacuum tubes. No unsealed disk plates. Wiring insulation on stationary circuits is perfect. Connectors with gold contacts are perfect and sealed. How can these numbers be believed? Worse still, why are they bragging about these numbers in paragraph one?)
The survey also revealed that over 50 percent of Indian enterprises have a formal disaster recovery programme in place to protect their enterprises while (only) a third of the CIOs surveyed have multiple disaster recovery sites to back them up. 31 percent of the Indian enterprises surveyed consider cloud-based solutions for disaster recovery as an option.
(So the other 50 percent of Indian enterprises do NOT have a formal disaster recovery program in place. Nobody cares apparently. It is not their own data. The data at risk belongs to the Americans. India’s disaster quickly becomes the USA’s disaster. I have read about it. Recall the UK’s NHS $4B disaster, RBS Royal Bank of Scotland ATM’s down for weeks, State of Texas, Baggage piles, Airline shutdowns, etc. )
The report, ‘New catalysts setting the pace for disaster recovery initiatives’ analyses the findings of a survey that interviewed 400 enterprises from eight countries in the region: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. The biggest causes of disruption are natural disasters (55 percent) and IT hardware failure (55 percent), followed by power failures (45 percent) and network failures (43 percent).
(So these 8 countries have accounted for their biggest negative issues which are caused by natural disaster [their word], IT hardware, electric power, and Network causes. Apparently we are to assume that the missing 45% that are causing disruptions are caused by human incompetence.
This is “setting the pace” for disaster [their word] recovery in 400 enterprises.
Reads to me like an environment that I would not want my business to depend on. )
57 percent of them committed to cloud architecture infrastructure when it comes to data centre spends and investment opportunities. (See related supporting logic July 12, 2016.)
Findings across Asia-Pacific
72 percent of the organisations across Asia-Pacific experienced at least an hour of data loss after a disruption, with 33 percent experiencing a loss of one to five hours of data.
“The findings of this report show that no company is immune to a potential outage or disaster and in the event this does strike, the first few minutes are critical to recovering as quickly as possible,” said Andrew Martin, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Zerto.
Andrew added, “Organisations across the Asia-Pacific region need the ability to revert back to minutes before an outage, ensuring they have up-to-date resources and files. This is how disaster recovery plans really need to evolve to an IT resilience strategy to avoid not only downtime but the risk of brand damage and potential customer loss. IT resilience ensures that from a customer or end-user perspective, there is no interruption to service.”
(So these 8 countries – their customer can not tolerate any interruption to service. “no interruption”. Zero.
However, merely the “loss” of 5 hours of data is acceptable. How much data is active in 5 hours of time? Who measures with these units?
Is “loss” of 5 hours significant to the 5 hour morning issuings of new Drivers Licenses from 8am to 1pm ? Maybe one Drivers License every 20 minutes. 3 every hour. 15 missing Driver’s Licenses inside their computer on average each event. Is that “loss” significant? I say 15 is a WOW unacceptable answer.
Maybe some Motor Vehicle Department can tolerate those data losses.
Pharmaceuticals is a clearer example.
What about 300 opioid tablets into each bottle when the machine can fill 1,000 bottles an hour for 5 hours? (300 per X 5,000 bottles = Is that loss of data on 1,500,000 opioid tablets still acceptable? No big deal for 33 percent of these 400 companies. 33 percent is 132 companies don’t care.
Well, I care. OFFSHORING is a quality disaster. The CLOUD ditto. But they brag about it. They name the countries. They count the companies. They publish the collective numbers. They brag.)
Over 45 percent of enterprises in Asia-Pacific consider disaster recovery software a top data centre investment priority, ranking it third behind cloud architecture and infrastructure and security.
(Disaster Recovery is merely the 3rd priority for scarce investment funds.
CLOUD architecture was 2nd, or a higher priority. [layouts of a hierarchical nature done on paper]
Infrastructure in 1st place [hard goods which have mass. Racks. Lights. Raised Floors. Etc.] and
Security after I count 3rd to 2nd to 1st and I have reached zero priority. Illogical. Strange. Security has to be cameras, locks, alarms, badges, impressive looking logo. Imitate the Rock of Gibraltar.
“Disaster Recovery” was an after-thought. Low priority. Like fire insurance. The importance goes up after the first large claim is filed. Otherwise it is the 5th item in line. It did not even rate having an assigned number. It got number zero because the whole prioritization scale was numbered illogically backwards. In one sentence it is the “top” priority, while in the same sentence it is placed least important lowest of the group.)
79 percent of enterprises recognise customer expectation as the biggest driving force for increased spending on disaster recovery, making it the top factor in Asia-Pacific. Other major factors driving disaster recovery spend include digital initiatives (68 percent), increased mobile usage (67 percent), stricter regulatory requirements (67 percent), and increased cyber-attacks (66 percent).
Ovum believes that the disaster recovery market will move to a new growth phase and a new generation of software-defined and cloud-ready solutions. This move is seeing business and IT leaders making disaster recovery an essential element of infrastructure strategy discussions.
(This entire article which is full of bragging is now understandable. This magazine article “study” is actually a sales pitch promoting DRaaS, a new business product to sell. Disaster Recovery as a Service.
Somebody throws the risk over the fence and decides to let somebody else worry about it. Works great. But …
Only problem is, — when that secondary outfit fails to do the job, it is your business which goes out of business due to a Disaster which failed to accomplish a Recovery. For the incompetent failing outfit, failing is not a crime.)
Adrian Ho, Principal Analyst at Ovum Asia-Pacific, said, “Customer expectation is recognised as the biggest driving force; these are the customers who are also very unforgiving if enterprises are caught short on disaster recovery capabilities in an event of outage of any nature.”
19 percent of enterprises in Asia-Pacific have already deployed a cloud solution when outsourcing their disaster recovery. A further 17 percent will implement Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) over the next 12 months, and 29 percent are considering DRaaS with no firm plans. This suggests that a majority of enterprises in Asia-Pacific will adopt DRaaS over the next 12 to 36 months.
(Disasters are not typically simple like this article’s title. Not merely data “disruptions” and power failures.
Disasters can be earthquakes involving complete loss of computer hardware, databases, and the building housing all of that. There can be complete loss of electric power infrastructure, and the data connection network.
Remember the data connection network likely crosses oceans. Most critically there can be a sudden total loss of one third of the skilled personnel. Eight hours out of 24 hours. There can even be the sudden total loss of all the skilled personnel if both offices and residential apartments are simultaneously destroyed. Imagine sudden loss of all of the data architecture diagrams and layouts. Knowledge gone. Think of the impressive system charts which were thumb-tacked to the no longer existing cubicle walls.
It is a disaster when your Information Systems building is suddenly a 30 foot high pile of smoking rubble jiggling throughout a following month of aftershocks.
This article is pathetic.
Is the critical DATA for backing up synchronised to a specific CCYYMMDDHHMMSST and kept offsite and safe? Is it out of the country? Is it out of the continent? Is it above ground and vulnerable or underground with multiple secure access entrances? We are not told any of that. India, relying on the CLOUD inside India is hardly adequate when the disaster is an earthquake. Or, conceivably a nuclear exchange with a nearby neighbor — that might cost say Milwaukee Wisconsin all of it’s city property tax records.
Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 and it affected two states, with concentrated destruction to an entire single city. The death toll in just those two states was 1,836 people.
In comparison, Nepal’s April 2015 earthquake killed 8,019 people, with 17,866 injured. Mount Everest actually moved a measurable amount of distance. 3 Centimeters horizontally.
Imagine trying to accomplish system Disaster Recovery of your CLOUD based essentials in the midst of an earthquake situation which happened 12,000 miles distant. With ground liquification. With fires, dust and flooding.
Is the lost hardware, the physical databases, and the replacement network available instantly to replace the lost same ? Never forget that CHEAP had been the original goal. Idle equipment is expensive. Shared equipment is less expensive but every nut and bolt must match to the partner doing the sharing. Maintenance is a nightmare. Even harder when separated by half of the globe. Obsolescence still is expensive.
This is not yet even considering the lost vital data which was spinning on those servers. Delicate equipment does not bounce well from falls. Delicate equipment does not tolerate temperature extremes and dust and polluted water. Why is that important? You can assume there will be no recovery of data from such bounced hardware.
Data loss is not acceptable at any number higher than zero. Can a Motor Vehicle Department lose data? A hospital ? A prison ? An insurance company ? A bank ? An airline ? A single airliner missing in an ocean is searched for almost endlessly. A single United States Marine lost on a battlefield in the Pacific seven decades ago is cherished when identifiable remains are found and returned to the USA. http://www.ksla.com/story/33394818/after-70-years-the-remains-of-wwii-veteran-return-to-mississippi Amelia Earhart is still being searched for. Data is critical.
Five hours of data loss is not accepted anywhere that I have ever been associated with. But, in India, they brag about losing 37% of data. They write … “72 percent of the organisations across Asia-Pacific experienced at least an hour of data loss after a disruption, with 33 percent experiencing a loss of one to five hours of data.”
I speak English. We are not talking here about data delayed. The word being used is “loss”. Paragraph one. Sentence one. The third word.
Recovery requires knowledgeable people. Your India employee’s loyalties have never been toward you and your flag and country. Their loyalties were to paychecks from you. Following a disaster, their attention will be toward their own family and those disaster issues. The hypothetical earthquake disaster happened in their country. The real disaster of your business without computers comes back to the USA.
The likely unavailability of Skype due to overload or destruction combined with the brittleness of India telephone wiring systems is also discomforting. Cellphone towers can topple. Cellphone systems can get overloaded with users who are trying to solve for a massive regional disaster.
Are the skilled and suddenly unavailable personnel being backed up with other skilled personnel who are standing by ready to go to work ? Where are they? Will speaking languages be an issue? Will reading and writing be an issue? If you need to train people – who is going to have the information and knowledge to impart to others? This time, you Mister OFFSHORER do not have the weapon of threatened loss of Severance “Bonus” to induce trainers for 90 days. Those who were formerly your loyal workforce back in the days of American prosperity — those people see your name come up in their Telephone CallerID and they let the phone go to the answering machine.
If disaster recovery takes a full year to accomplish, can the bank or the insurance company or any government agency (for instance, MVD or a Licensing Department or Security organization) on the far side of the globe operate for a year without having their OFFSHORED “IT” system? Blank computer screens.
Earthquakes do not give you warnings.
Have you ever actually run a full scale Disaster Recovery with a padlock on your entire existing system ? Circuit Breakers to ALL of your equipment turned to OFF and Circuit Breaker Cabinet Door padlocked shut. The padlock click sound signifies the clock moment of the disaster happening.
Schedule such a test for overseas. Make it an unannounced surprise on Friday of this week at 3:07pm local time, and begin a stopwatch running. Keep that stopwatch timer running until the backup is up and synchronized.
Your biggest corporation issue is not going to be a mere loss of 5 hours of data.
Will your corporation or government survive the padlock test?
I do not think so.
Will you as the responsible executive survive the padlock test?
I again do not think so. )
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