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What Does the 2019 NFL Season Tell Us About Data Backup?

Oct 7, 2019, 14:10 PM by Alex Simons

What Does the 2019 NFL Season Tell Us About Data Backup

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It's Super Bowl LII.

4th and goal.

The Eagles are on the Patriots’ 2 yard line.

Backup rookie running back, Corey Clement, takes the direct snap.

Pitches the ball to backup tight end, Trey Burton.

Burton sets his feet, pulls up to pass, and throws a strike to backup quarterback, Nick Foles.

Touchdown Eagles!

The Philly Special is one of the most iconic moments in NFL history.

And it would have never been possible without backup.

The 2019 NFL Season: A Friendly Reminder Why You Need Backup

Especially if Drew Brees was on your fantasy team.

Seriously – this is insane.

We are now one quarter of the way through the 2019 NFL season and over one quarter of the league’s starting quarterbacks are sitting on the sideline (or on a beach somewhere like Andrew Luck).

It’s safe to assume that a multi-million dollar quarterback isn’t on your payroll and Ndamukong Suh isn’t trying to sack your corporate network. But regardless of whether you define an “availability crisis” as season-ending elbow surgery or an inability to access critical business applications – the operational resiliency involved to mitigate damages and maintain high-levels of productivity will ultimately depend on your backup strategy.

As the probability of injury continues to rise in the NFL, so do the number of threats facing your business continuity. A recent study from Security Week suggests the loss of data for enterprise business operations has increased by over 400% over the past two years [1]. Let’s take a moment to analyze what’s driving this trend and the common elements between a comprehensive disaster recovery plan and a reliable backup quarterback.

Your Disaster Recovery Policy is Your Game Plan

Disaster Recovery Policy is Your Game Plan

Just like preparing for an NFL defense – you need to proactively develop a disaster recovery plan to combat data loss.

The most critical aspect to a successful disaster recovery plan is the consistent replication of data off-premises. Many businesses are already using some sort of backup product to create a copy of data on a secondary storage device. But the details involved with reaching tight availability requirements and application-level failover processes tend to make disaster recovery plans more complex than covering Julio Jones in man coverage.

Big data, hybrid cloud, mobile shifts, and other trends associated with digital transformation have also further complicated disaster recovery solution architecture. Many organizations are extending disaster recovery to the cloud as a cost-effective medium to simplify the recovery process. But cloud infrastructure, just like any other infrastructure, needs to be wrapped with the proper products to facilitate a restore – just like these 7 backup quarterbacks need to be surrounded by a strong defense and run game to win on consistent basis.

Many of these teams (like the Redskins) also don’t have the appropriate level of staffing at the quarterback position to win on Sundays. This challenge also applies to many IT departments without the appropriate level of staffing or in-house expertise to deliver turnkey disaster recovery on-demand. As a result, many organizations are adopting third-party disaster recovery providers to simplify the solution design, implementation, maintenance, and orchestration process in the event of an outage.

DRaaS: A New Defensive Line for Your Business

Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is defined as the continuous replication and hosting of data on physical or virtual servers by a third-party provider to facilitate restoration in the event of data loss. A cloud-native DRaaS delivery model should be able to duplicate your production environment and provide secondary cloud resources to continue business operations as the primary systems experience downtime. This is like the 1985 Monsters of Midway for uptime and high-availability.

According to a 2018 survey by Enterprise Storage Forum, over 40% of U.S. enterprises have already adopted a DRaaS strategy, while 20% more are planning to deploy one in the near future [2]. Market Research Future (MRFR) also reports a 44% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the DRaaS marketplace between 2017 and 2024 [3]. The features driving rapid adoption and increased expenditure are the same features an NFL front office evaluates when choosing a backup quarterback:

  • Reliable: It’s important to choose a DRaaS provider or backup quarterback that you trust. Each component of the DRaaS solution should be redundant across multiple geographically distinct environment with 3-2-1 backup methodology to maximize uptime and provide backup verification and reporting to validate the various DR workflows.
  • Fast: Whether you define “RPO” as “Recovery Point Objective” or “Run/Pass Option” – the RPOs need to be quick. The ability to restore the data is just as important as the ability to back it up. DRaaS solutions offer a comprehensive range of failover and recovery times pre-defined by the application's total cost of downtown.
  • Strong ROI: The Falcons don’t need to pay Tom Brady over $21 million to back up Hall of Fame quarterback, Matt Ryan (the real G.O.A.T). DRaaS solutions leverage an existing purpose-built cloud environment to alleviate your IT budget from expensive capital hardware costs and the operational expenditures involved with provisioning a dependable disaster recovery solution.
  • Tested: A backup quarterback needs to be game-ready at any given moment. A DRaaS provider needs to be able to handle any disaster recovery scenario at any given moment. Look for a DRaaS provider with site failover testing and recovery simulation procedures to ensure streamlined execution in the event of a live restoration.
  • Simplified Execution:Like a Kyle Shanahan-caliber offensive coordinator simplifying the playbook, a DRaaS provider should be able to simplify the recovery process. Modern DRaaS solutions should enable one-click failover operations through a secure web portal while simultaneously providing weathered recovery professionals to orchestrate the restoration process

Is It Time to Nick Foles Your Backup Strategy?

Nick Foles Backup Plan

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Or Gardner Minshew!

Nick and his Super Bowl MVP trophy earned a starting gig.

But if you’re interested in learning more about disaster recovery for your corporate business systems, we invite you to download our DR planning guide or schedule a DRaaS solution consultation with a KeepItSafe recovery professional today.

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