Finding Recovery Time During The Holidays With Better Backup Planning

It’s mid-December, and all is well but you’re busier than ever. After all, there’s a lot to do. All your workloads are running smoothly so you’re generating year-end reports and thinking through spending the last bits of your budget. You’re planning ahead for 2015 and trying to align your IT objectives with big business initiatives. Without a doubt, you’re shopping for everyone on your list, attending many festive parties, and maybe, if you’re lucky, finding time to recover from too much food and drink.

Nowadays, this is so typical. We’re all running at 100% capacity, or even, if we’re honest, at 110%. We’re doing, doing, doing, every moment, and that’s okay, we handle it – until something goes wrong.

What happens? We accidently leave gifts behind in a restaurant, and when we go back, the gifts are gone. Or we get a little too enthusiastic at the office party and spend the next day in bed, recovering.

Sure, those are annoyances, but what’s the real problem? It’s that there’s no time to fix the problem. If something goes wrong, we get to play catch-up – while all the important activities are bumped down a priority level or overlooked while other things go wrong.

Well, the same is often true in the data center. You spend all your hours planning, deploying, monitoring and maintaining – which is well and good when everything is okay. Your users are happy, your workloads are working, and your management has a smile.

But what happens when an essential workload, or access to user data, or a basic business process goes wrong?

All your priorities shift. All the work of keeping the business running gets deprioritized. You have to find time to run backup recovery tasks and fix the problem – before your users, and your management complain.

And they do complain. Loudly.

That’s why, according to IDC’s latest report, IDC EMEA Tech Spotlight, over 60% of European IT organizations are looking for ways to improve services to end users.

But there’s a simple, and basic way to do that. When something goes wrong, make sure you’ve built the backup foundations for a recovery that aligns to business expectations. An optimized recovery = a happy organization.

So as you’re planning for 2015, IDC and Dell have four recommendations for accelerating your backup and recovery:

  1. You should start by mapping your workloads to recovery time. After all, the “dead letter” archive isn’t nearly as important as your customer facing application. Not all workloads have the same data protection requirements so your recovery priorities (and urgency) should be tailored to business value. Don’t jump through hoops if you don’t have to!
  2. Consolidate, standardize, and automate where you can. Simplicity speeds recoverability, so a complex recovery approach just isn’t a good idea. The more simplified, standardized and automated you can make your recovery, the better.
  3. Always be testing. I know, you’re always running at 110% capacity and you’re out of time and energy. But if you aren’t testing your backups and recovery, you are going to be taken aback when a real problem arises.
  4. Consider purpose-built backup appliances. Purpose-built backup appliances help with performance and capacity, both of which contribute to RTO. A good backup or DR appliance will help you live up to your users' recovery expectations while boosting overall efficiency. Backup appliances like Dell’s DL and DR appliances deliver increased recovery speed and optimized operation – all of which save you time and effort.


So how do you learn more and start planning? Make sure you read the entire report and explore our portfolio at …

Oh, and don’t forget to find some time to recover from the holidays – you deserve it! We’ll see you in 2015 and hopefully you can get some rest.