Disaster recovery becomes a priority in South Africa

Disaster recovery becomes a priority in South Africa

Sep 9, 2014


Infrastructure problems and the threat of natural disasters are making disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity management (BCM) a priority in South Africa, an expert has said.

Lise Hagen, International Data Corporation's research manager for software and IT services in Africa, said DR and BCM will be the biggest investment area for chief information officers in the data center solution market in 2014.

Ms Hagen was quoted by ITWeb as saying there are a number of risks that organizations face when doing business in South Africa.

For example, the banks in the country lost millions of rands after a variant of the Dexter virus attacked point-of-sale technologies in October last year. 

"South African banks have also experienced service outages due to hardware and software failure," Ms Hagen explained.

Natural disasters have also been a cause for concern, with the Western Cape suffering flash floods over the last two years.

These dangers have encouraged businesses to purchase DR solutions and data centers to eliminate the risks associated with storing vital business information in one place.

A 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark survey found that approximately half of businesses worldwide have a secondary site to help manage DR that mirrors the primary site.

A further 20 per cent utilize another location for DR, but it does not mirror the original. Of those that use an alternative destination, 29 per cent rely on software-based replication as the main recovery solution.

Innovative Oracle standby databases use real-time replication to provide comprehensive recovery capabilities, enabling companies to failover to a binary copy of a source database quickly and efficiently.

Ms Hagen claimed traditional business continuity methods are quickly becoming outdated, which means investing in increasingly sophisticated DR plans.

"Benchmarking recovery objectives and cost of downtime are an essential first step in improving an existing program," she stated.

"Build disaster recovery testing into a program to ensure success in unplanned events."

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