Of the Indian CIOs surveyed, 54 percent already have a formal and documented disaster recoverry (DR) plan in place. This clearly highlights that for Indian CIOs, DR is one of the top strategic datacenter priorities. This not only comes from an organization’s need to protect its data, but also from customer expectations which cannot be ignored.
According to the Ovum/Zerto survey, over 50 percent of enterprises in India cited disaster recovery as a top datacenter spend and investment priority. Chinese enterprises are a mile ahead compared to India, however, with almost 70 percent putting DR as their top datacenter spend priority. Recovery isn’t related to only an IT outage. Datacenters need to be protected not only from natural disasters, but also from the ever increasing cybersecurity attacks.
"Customer expectation is recognized as the biggest driving force, these are the customers who are also very unforgiving if enterprises are caught short on disaster recovery capabilities in an event of outage of any nature," said Adrian Ho, principal analyst at Ovum Asia-Pacific. Among Indian enterprise, the leading factor that is driving spending in DR solutions is customers expectations at 82 percent, followed by regulatory requirements at 69 percent.
94 percent of Indian enterprises have DR solutions in place for databases. The CIOs clearly value their DB above other workloads such as ERP, which does come in at a close second at 77 percent. According to the report, It is important to note that enterprises in the region have database-specific disaster recovery products and have not been taking advantage of cloud and software defined infrastructure. Databases tend to be managed in isolation. Enterprises should be looking for modern alternatives to ensure cost efficiency as well as integration of these solutions to the cloud.
The shift to the cloud will happen, yes. Over the next three years, 48 percent of organizations will move 25 percent to 50 percent of their DR solutions to the cloud. According to the report, disaster recovery can be quite expensive for an enterprise. This is where the cloud model comes in. Cloud delivery for disaster recovery or disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) is cost effective for the enterprise and also allows them the option of scalability.
57 percent of the organisations surveyed said they wouldn’t outsource the management of their disaster recovery solutions. Security was cited as the top reason why a CIO wouldn’t trust outsourcing the DR responsibilities. However, over 70 percent of the organizations said they already have in house talent to take care of their data recovery responsibility. CIOs don’t prefer dealing with external compliance and the loss of control is another factor that prevents them from outsourcing disaster recovery.