US government agencies prioritizing disaster recovery

US government agencies prioritizing disaster recovery

Jan 8, 2015

 

As we head into the new year, organizations across sectors are examining their budgets and information technology objectives. What's taking priority for the agencies governing the United States? 

Like their counterparts in the public sector, many of these organizations have a wealth of digital resources they need to store, protect and maintain. Therefore, not surprisingly, agencies have a pressing need to address security and availability concerns in the coming months. 

In particular, U.S. agencies are focusing on protecting their data both in terms of cybersecurity and disaster recovery (DR), a recent InformationWeek survey found. The poll, which questioned readers on which government initiatives were the most important in fiscal year 2015, revealed that 69 percent of respondents think DR and business continuity planning are "very or extremely important" for U.S. governmental organizations. 

This puts preparation for large and small IT incidents in second place, following only cybersecurity (86 percent) in order of priority, according to the survey's respondents. 

These focal points come as no surprise, given the growing scale and importance of information resources, such as those stored in Oracle databases. Although research varies in how it tallies the costs associated with downtimes and data loss, the consensus is that such events can have a potentially devastating impact. 

Gartner, for instance, puts the average cost of downtime at about $5,600 per minute - which means such issues can carry an hourly price tag of about $300,000, with individual outcomes influenced by a range of factors for each enterprise. Similarly, Avaya found that 80 percent of companies experience financial losses during network downtime, with businesses losing an average of $140,000 per incident. 

What can entities in the public and private sector do to mitigate the consequences of unforeseen incidents, from natural disasters to equipment failure? For Oracle uses, implementing a standby database can be an effective, dependable disaster recovery solution. These options are designed to improve uptime while facilitating file recovery by maintaining an up-to-date backup server in case the primary database goes down. 

With the right tools in place, organizations in any sector may be able to improve on their disaster recovery goals in the coming year. 

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