The decision to move forward with a disaster recovery plan depends a lot on the likelihood of an adverse event and your appetite for risk. When is the last time you experienced an outage? According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, outages occur much more frequently than we realize. 95% of respondents reported data center outages in the past 2 years.

What are the three most prevalent causes of outages?

Natural disasters are the third most frequent causes of outages. Floods, blizzard and earthquakes make the headlines but other “natural events” such as squirrels chewing through fiber cable and snow collapsing the roof of a data center are included in this category too.

Cybercrime is considered the second most frequent cause of outages. Already this year, many have been impacted by WannaCry and NotPetya challenges.  According to a Ponemon Institute survey, cybercrime is now the fastest growing cause of data center outages.

It may come as a surprise to some, but numerous studies show that the most prevalent cause of unplanned downtime is human error. Some common human errors include: changing a thermostat from Fahrenheit to Centigrade causing servers to overheat, overloading a circuit in the data center, moving an upgrade into production before adequately testing it.

 With all of these outages causing downtime, why do so many organizations still not have a disaster recovery plan? What are the obstacles to having a disaster recovery plan?

  • There is still a perception that DR is too expensive because of the many costs associated with having a secondary data center (infrastructure resources, maintenance, security and staffing).
  • The thought of making a DR plan for every workload can be daunting.
  • Optimists can avoid making a DR plan because of their “it won’t happen to us” view of the world.
  • Some believe they have it covered because they have backups. Having a copy of your data is certainly important. However, being able to fully restore operations and applications quickly and effectively is core to true business continuity.

With snapshots and disk based backups, organizations can feel pretty confident about their recovery point objective, but without a disaster recovery plan, the recovery time objective is likely to be lengthy. A company can’t return to normal business until data is completely restored and systems are fully operational.

Is it time to consider Disaster Recovery as a Service and change your thinking to IT Resilience?

There are numerous reasons to consider Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS). It is cost effective because it allows you to avoid capital investment and lock-in to a physical location, infrastructure and maintenance. DRaaS can be implemented rapidly and allows you to set priorities and determine the restoration order of your applications. It can allow you to recover up to 3x faster than traditional backup and testing is easy so you can be confident that it works.  

Perhaps the Taneja Group puts it best in their paper, Towards the Ultimate Goal of IT Resilience, “….the ultimate dream is not fast backup and better DR—the ultimate dream is IT resilience. That means doing everything to keep applications running and data available so the business never stops. That is what matters. Who cares how we achieve it? Backup and DR are negative concepts where IT resilience conjures up images of business enhancement, mobility, agility and improved customer service.  Instead of an expensive insurance policy, it becomes a business improvement concept.”

Broadleaf partners with Zerto and iLand to offer DRaaS- an option that can help you achieve IT Resilience. Contact us at or 978-362-0508 to talk about your disaster recovery goals.



  1. The Essential Disaster Recovery Handbook by iland
  2. Towards the Goal of Ultimate IT Resilience by Taneja Group

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