Workflow Automation Takes Disaster Recovery to the Next Level
On-site disaster recovery (DR) is no longer enough. According to Dataquest, many organizations are now turning to cloud-based alternatives to supplement or replace local server solutions. Because disasters don’t follow a schedule and there’s no way to predict the amount or the type of resources required to effectively manage emerging issues, companies have a lot to gain from the scalable, agile nature of the cloud. But integrating cloud and on-site solutions also poses a challenge: How do companies effectively organize DR response across multiple networks without compromising efficacy or response time? Workflow automation offers a solution.
Disaster Recovery Expands
The disaster recovery space is enjoying a period of substantial growth and innovation. The rise of hyperconverged technologies and the renaissance of tape-based storage has altered the digital landscape to give IT teams multiple options. According to InfoWorld, IT teams were approached by secondary vendors even after implementing new DR solutions and promised a no-charge substitution if the new offering surpassed existing technology. DR solutions are now used for more than just recovery, with companies leveraging these tools as the backbone of fast ransomware mitigation, test beds for production testing and facilitation for upgrades, Forbes reports. In effect, DR has grown beyond the narrow scope of the original definition to include solutions that enhance IT ability across systems and devices while still providing a solid foundation in the event of natural or network disasters.
The Automation Innovation
For many companies, however, the sticking point for responsive DR isn’t limited knowledge about potential use cases or security concerns in cloud — rather, it’s managing workloads across disparate platforms and networks. Workflow automation offers a solution to this challenge. CIO reports that companies are now using automated processes to scan, analyze and effectively digitize huge volumes of paper documents. Automation excels at eliminating the need for human staff to perform day-to-day operations, reducing busywork and producing consistent outcomes. To streamline operations, companies should consider resiliency orchestration solutions that can effectively predict and automate necessary tasks while limiting human error.
Using a public cloud DR solution can allows a business to back up critical files that aren’t required for day-to-day use. In the event of a large-scale disaster that knocks out local servers, companies will ideally leverage on-site tools for immediate recovery of mission-critical assets. But if disaster conditions last for more than a few days, having files in the cloud becomes essential. Without workflow automation tools, already pressed IT staff are forced to switch tasks and manually coordinate the effective transfer of data. Worn out from dealing with meeting recovery time objective deadlines, fielding support requests and updating the C-suite, it’s only a matter of time before IT experts make a mistake that slows or even halts the DR process. Smart automation tools that understand local, cloud and hybrid environments act as the necessary bridge between stored data and actionable recovery.
For enterprises already leveraging the cloud and hybrid solutions, pairing DR with public offerings or private servers only makes sense. Just make sure not to adopt one cloud best practice while ignoring another. Leverage workflow automation to help bridge the gap and ensure disaster recovery works as intended.