A series of recent customer conversations has made clear to me that there’s a misperception about investments in high availability and data replication.
Many organizations seem to believe these investments will save them in the event of a cyberattack resulting in a logical data corruption event.
It doesn’t matter if your critical data is held on premises, in the cloud, or on SaaS-based systems. In most cyberattacks that result in logical data corruption events, the corruption will be replicated across your high availability and data replication solutions.
The replication corrupts all online versions of your data. All servers become encrypted because the highly available, replicated solutions act as a vector to accelerate the propagation of attacks. The scenario drives a need to recover server images and data from backup.
Adding immutability to backups is better, but it’s often not enough to avoid a significant outage. Most backup solutions aren’t built to enable the recovery of hundreds of servers or terabytes of data within hours.
I meet with many organizations that haven’t attended to this reality. Many don’t realize they only have capacity to restore their environments over the course of weeks—not hours. Their current backup approaches require that after they clean an infection, they will have to rebuild many of their servers before they can begin recovering data. And they’re ill prepared to do so.
From what I’m seeing, now is the time for many organizations to reassess their data and server recovery capabilities to ensure the capabilities meet business needs.