Disaster Recovery

Webinar - Best Practice in Disaster Recovery and Planning

Our speakers uncover and explore the risks and best practice of critical disaster recovery planning for the upcoming Summer season, in particular:

  • The disruptive effects of natural disasters in Australia and BOM’s predictions for this Summer
  • The value of data in today’s modern data-driven business – can you afford to lose access to it?
  • The importance of your data centre and IT infrastructure readiness
  • Best practice approaches to assess and prepare your DR and Business Continuity planning


Mark Dougan

Mark Dougan
Managing Director of Frost & Sullivan in Australia & New Zealand

Frost & Sullivan

Mark Dougan is Managing Director of Frost & Sullivan in Australia & New Zealand. He has a career of over 20 years in consulting and industry research, and has worked in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Mark specialises in the impact of digital change on industries, and in particular in the transformative impact of cloud computing. Mark has presented widely and is the author of a number of reports, articles and white papers on this topic.

Agata Imielska

Agata Imielska
Senior Climatologist at Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Bureau of Meteorology

Agata Imielska is a senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology. She has a bachelor of physical geography covering atmospheric science and geomorphology. During her eight years at the Bureau she has worked in climate monitoring and prediction, with her work ranging from analysing extreme weather events to running the seasonal climate model.

Her research interest is in climate extremes - an area she worked on for the Pacific project looking at changes in extreme temperature and rainfall for vulnerable island communities. Currently she is based in Sydney working in climate services, integrating climate science to support decision-making.

Calculating the cost of disaster

The rapid growth in cloud computing and external hosting is driving industry disruptions, heralded by the likes of new cloud-based entrants like Uber, Spotify, Airbnb, Alibaba, Xiaomi and Netflix. It is also transforming customer experience for more traditional industries - such as government, banking and financial services, and healthcare.

These changes, and the corresponding growth of data-driven business, has focused the spotlight on data centres and highlighted their importance for virtually every organisation.

However, this reliance on data centres and the valuable information they contain creates a critical point of failure and an unacceptable level of risk should they go offline or worse.

Several significant events in recent years have illustrated the reality of this risk, and the potential negative impact to organisations.

According to a recent Frost & Sullivan study, the cost of downtime is estimated at over USD500,000 per hour in terms of loss of revenue, manpower and maintenance. For internet-based businesses, the loss of revenue could be in the millions, and similar amounts would be likely for highly regulated verticals such as banking and telecoms with regard to penalties.

The world is a dynamic, and at times, volatile place

In the last 20 years, literally thousands of natural disasters have occurred around the world. While the rate of geophysical disasters (such as earthquakes) has remained largely constant, the rate of climate-related disasters (such as storms and floods) has seen a significant increase,1 and as we head into one of the strongest El Ninos on record2, the time to limit your risk is right now.

Most businesses affected by disasters don't survive

You can't control for every risk in your business but you do need to make plans and take precautions in order to limit your exposure. In the data-driven business of today, these measures are paramount.

In these uncertain times, the importance of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning cannot be overstated. Nextgen can help with this critical task, partner with you in your planning and even share the risk by providing services and best-of-breed network and data solutions.

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1 Report on Human cost of Natural Disasters. A global perspective. http://cred.be/sites/default/files/The_Human_Cost_of_Natural_Disasters_CRED.pdf.
2 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/.

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