10 years ago, the number of population in the world was 6.7 billion and there are 1 billion more people now. Year by year the population of the world continues to grow and it is projected by the United Nations that the world population would reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Can you imagine how world governments would set up housings, green public spaces, and urban plans to create a convenient living for their societies then? A lot of initiatives are being done to implement sustainability in addressing the increase of the world population but still, it won’t stop the fact that the growth in population would also mean that the world would face an increase in disasters as well.
Are Disasters Avoidable?
Disasters are highly predicted to happen in over-populated countries, which mostly are developing countries. It may be caused by technological and man-made disasters such as infrastructural or power failures, cyber attacks, gas leaks, oil spills, and many others. On the other hand, there are also natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, landslides, etc. No matter what, any kind of disaster is full of risks and could result in devastating losses. When it comes to the business world, disasters could do as much harm that may not only disrupt but destroy business continuity.
From the above chart, we can see that Japan suffered a number of natural disasters that caused huge economic damage to the world. Most of the times disasters are not avoidable especially the natural ones but prevention and preparation are keys to ensuring we can avoid the tremendous losses that could happen from the outcome of any disaster. In the case of Japan, it took quite some time for them to recover the after effects but according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, the country has been taking countermeasures against natural disasters and a variety of initiatives for disaster prevention and reduction activities are conducted in the phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery and ICT will enable efficient and effective disaster management.
ICT Disaster Recovery as a Solution
Disaster Recovery is the process of planning for business outage due to some small or large disaster and as we are already moving towards the digital revolution, implementation of ICT Disaster Recovery is vital to ensure businesses and operations would be able to recover from single server failures, power failures, network outages & datacenter outages that all could plague businesses and operations. According to a research from Forrester, natural disasters have been the main cause of data loss (40%) compared to hardware failures (31%). Based on the research as well, 46% of companies and institutions agreed that the level of urgency to protect data due to business sustainability is a critical priority.
Since all of the risks cannot be eliminated, it is important for corporations to take the steps to implement disaster recovery and business continuity plans to prepare for potentially disruptive events. Understanding the need for this, a new solution was formed called Disaster Recovery as a Service or well – known as DRaaS. This solution is the area of operation planning that deals with protecting data from the effects of negative events.
Forest Interactive Celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction
Did you know that the International Day for Disaster Reduction is held every 13 October? The UN General Assembly called for the International Day for Disaster Reduction in 1989 as a way to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. That includes disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.
As a multifaceted technology company, Forest Interactive offers DRaaS among its services. The company has been supporting the agenda of the UN General Assembly, taking part in building disaster-resilient communities and nations through providing DRaaS especially to the government sector such as Matrade, Port Klang Malaysia, Lembaga Pelabuhan Johor, and Lembaga Urusan Air Selangor. Our DRaaS covers data center and collocation, study and design based on existing infrastructures, servers’ replication and restoration, networking and security setup, process flow advisory, and training.
For more information or any inquiries about our DRaaS solutions, please send an email to: CyberjayaTeam@forest-interactive.com