While the shape of the business world on the other side of the pandemic is still very much undefined, most businesses have learned that resilient and redundant IT is crucial to adaptation. In this emerging business landscape, data access is at the heart of resilience and redundancy needs. That’s why many businesses are taking steps to align business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) across vital IT and data stores by partnering with a disaster recovery company.
Constant change has made digital transformation the means by which businesses can respond through agility in our “new normal.” The pandemic’s lesson of the importance of the remote workforce, application, workload, and data access is an authentic example. But BCDR takes on new meanings and scope in a business landscape forever changed by the pandemic.
That means understanding how networking, data analytics, and cloud computing are part of a holistic approach to disaster recovery services. It takes command and agility of all three to keep businesses operational under unforeseen circumstances.
IT Resilience and Redundancy Rewire Agile Connectivity
Reliable, agile, and flexible IT infrastructure requires an ability to adapt on-prem data, application, and workload access with the cloud and the increasing needs of access and analytics at the edge. Businesses of all sizes across sectors are being challenged with developing a full picture and the resulting strategy of connectivity needs between these endpoints in a remote workforce world. But not every disaster recovery company will have the holistic expertise across networking, data/application access, and cloud connectivity to support the development or execution of such plans.
Although a portion of businesses began the move to BCDR via the cloud before the pandemic, many are still using on-prem solutions. They are increasingly finding these solutions to be cumbersome and time-consuming for IT teams trying to develop resilient remote access infrastructure and combat downtime. This has revealed many on-prem disaster recovery solutions to be inadequate for meeting the agility needs spurred by the pandemic’s chaotic impact.
Despite its ability to solve many of these challenges, the transition to backup and disaster recovery services has only shown a limited advantage for many businesses. This is because many implementation partners cannot devise a holistic approach that takes a hybrid cloud view of on-prem, cloud, and edge connectivity and access into consideration.
Disaster Recovery Services in a Distributed Business Landscape
Almost every sector from healthcare and finance to manufacturing, retail and beyond is operating in a distributed or branch location mode. Today’s data and application access are a combination of on-prem and cloud. The challenge is that branches often have different needs and approaches to balancing the two. The ongoing infrastructure changes to accommodate remote workforce needs have proven to be unavoidable. And now that it’s in place, many see the value in terms of efficiency and cost savings that can come from making it permanent.
The growing challenge is how to ensure resiliency and redundancy of these system changes across networking, applications, and storage. This is especially true without a disaster recovery company capable of working across a complex on-prem, cloud, and edge IT ecosystem. The ideal scenario is to embrace digital transformation in a way that makes disaster recovery services and connectivity part of a unified approach.
With the right disaster recovery solutions partner, you can prepare your business to deal with future unforeseen events that upend how you work and access vital data and applications. To learn how Pathway can be the right partner for planning and implementation of a holistic BCDR plan that makes the cloud and connectivity possible, visit our disaster recovery cloud services page.