4 Pitfalls of Traditional DR

Disaster Recovery PitfallsA hurricane on a tropical vacation can be a lot like a day at the office. Just when you thought you had prepared all the right logistics, pinpointed the best time of year and identified the lowest impact on your wallet, one raincloud—like a service outage or a faulty backup—can throw all your plans in a tailspin. Think your disaster recovery (DR) will give you smooth sailing? Here are four pitfalls that traditional DR may be hiding from you:

  1. Costly infrastructure – You moved your data to the cloud. Great! But what about when you need to retrieve it? And how much will it cost if you need to recover it all at once? How long will that take? The incidentals can rack up fast.
  1. Complex, limited budget – No one wakes up and says, “I want to pay extra for something I may or may not need.” We find many IT budgets always have something else prioritized before DR. And once a business sets it in to motion, the cost center may not be as clear cut. For example, between virtualizing a flooded server or notifying customers after a cyberattack, which of these fall to your cloud spend or security budget? Are they solely IT incidents, or will finance and support be involved?
  1. Lack of expertise and reliability – Does your IT team have spare time to investigate where things went wrong and then get everything back to normal? When your internal team spends all its time fighting fires, where does that leave your business? If you work with a team that specializes in disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), you take the load off your personnel. And an added bonus: an extra set of eyes may find something they couldn’t.
  1. Time-consuming testing – With critical business processes running all week, who wants to wait until the office starts to shut down Friday afternoons to run and test backups all weekend? And what if you’re working with international time zones? This cuts deeper in to the time it takes backing up terabytes and petabytes of data, which is the opposite of a “getaway.”

Disaster recovery management can come in many forms, but when you need to keep RTOs and RPOs down, the cloud is a major driver. You might already use VMware for many of your cloud infrastructures and VMware’s vCenter Site Recovery Manager (vCenter SRM) is a disaster recovery management solution that can help you navigate some of traditional DR pitfalls.

vCenter SRM supports array-based replication products, helping protect any of your virtualized applications. As you work on a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, you’ll want to look for opportunities to centralize your recovery and meet compliance requirements in a simple, consistent way. Additionally, many forms of DR will automate testing while avoiding downtime and disruptions. Then, there are no more “DR Testing Weekends.” You could even book a quick trip with the family.


Ready to leave your disasters behind while you’re enjoying the sun on a far-off beach? Before you take off, get a free disaster recovery assessment from a KeyInfo specialist.


Clayton Weise
Director of Cloud Services
Key Information Systems