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Data loss prevention in Azure — is your business at risk?

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Robert Cox
Robert Cox

For any modern business, even brief digital interruptions carry significant risk. In fact, studies have shown that 93% of companies that had lost their data center for at least 10 days because of a disaster filed for bankruptcy within a year of the incident.

Because organizations like yours now face an increasing number of cyberthreats, it’s safer to plan for when, not if, with a powerful disaster recovery plan. Furthermore, when your Azure data is fully protected in an effective disaster recovery environment, you can strengthen your overall cyber resilience.

Strong cyber resilience means that your business-critical services and applications stay fully operational if an infrastructure outage occurs, which is key to long-term success. With today’s distributed data and remote workforce, staying resilient should be your always-on goal, and a solid disaster recovery plan helps you get there.

The importance of strong disaster recovery for cyber resilience

When you have a strong disaster recovery strategy, you can shrink your Azure recovery time from days to hours or even minutes, making it easier than ever to bounce back.

The most essential tool for disaster recovery is replication. Effective disaster recovery plans:

  • Enable reliable data synchronization to a secondary location
  • Provide data to be failed over to a disaster recovery site and to fail back to the primary location
  • Control and minimize the cost of compute and storage resources
  • Allow and schedule regular testing

Common issues that put your data at risk

Threats to your data are everywhere, from infrastructure failures and natural disasters (like floods or fires) to cyberattacks. Cyberthreats are especially worrisome because hackers have so many tools and front doors that they can use to access your private data.

But what many companies don’t realize is that most data breaches—an astounding 88%—happen because of simple human error. Common employee mistakes that put your data at risk include:

  • Accidentally deleting critical data
  • Mishandling data migrations
  • Sending valuable data to incorrect email recipients
  • Using unauthorized devices

The high cost of data loss and downtime

Significant periods of downtime usually accompany data loss, the cost of which is extremely high and multilayered. The many costs directly related to an operational standstill include:

  • Lost revenue
  • Damaged equipment
  • Data and application recovery time and effort
  • Compliance fees and penalties incurred

But to understand the full impact of downtime, you must also consider the indirect costs, like lost productivity, damaged reputation, and angry customers. Although they’re less quantifiable, these damages add up and can wreak havoc on your bottom line. And let’s not forget the immeasurable price of lost opportunity—the potential revenue that you lose when your business can’t function.

Strong disaster recovery solutions can help you prevent data loss and the ensuing downtime.

Keep your Azure data protected with NetApp

To keep your business thriving, you need continuous data and application availability. That’s why NetApp® disaster recovery solutions for Azure use redundant systems and data placement with:

  • Highly available systems
  • Efficient data mirroring
  • Quick application and data recovery

These solutions enable business continuity and strengthen your overall cyber resilience by:

  • Keeping critical apps and data available 24/7
  • Protecting your on-premises and cloud data by enabling failover if a site or system failure occurs
  • Maintaining data access and increasing user collaboration when failures do occur

NetApp’s data-centric approach continuously meets the challenges of data protection and disaster recovery. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP® for Azure and Azure NetApp Files help you meet the needs of your IT and security teams to protect and to secure data across your on-premises and Azure environments. Built on NetApp ONTAP storage management software, Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Azure NetApp Files integrate with NetApp data services that enhance visibility, detect threats, and automate response and recovery.

NetApp BlueXP

Building stronger cyber resilience doesn’t have to be complicated. The NetApp BlueXP™ control plane helps you simplify with unified management of data protection, governance, and compliance. With BlueXP, your organization gets:

  • Unified data management and services from a single control plane
  • Integrated capabilities for observability, replication, and backup and recovery
  • Open architectures to integrate data and to operate with other platforms

Don’t leave your data and your organization vulnerable. Check out NetApp disaster recovery solutions for Azure to find the right mix for your needs.

Ready to start now? A great way to begin is with a 1:1 strategy session with one of our specialists.

Robert Cox

Robert is a senior product marketing manager with over 20 years of product marketing and product management experience. He is focused on NetApp’s Cloud Data Services, working to enable customers to deliver business outcomes for all IT workloads in cloud, multicloud, and hybrid cloud environments. Robert is an avid cyclist and loves to be outdoors.

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