Companies that have never experienced a major disruption may believe they do not need a sound disaster recovery plan, but having this mentality is dangerous on many levels. The next incident may be right around the corner, potentially damaging or destroying a firm’s mission-critical applications and data. Prolonged periods of downtime can result in lost revenue, impeded productivity and damaged credibility in the eyes of clients.
Business2Community’s Katherine Evans recently explained the importance of a thorough disaster recovery and business continuity plan, suggesting that companies can use cloud computing to stay upright during disruptions. The cloud is located off-site, meaning on-site disasters cannot impact corporate information and applications stored in the cloud.
Evans also highlighted the fact that cloud backup is a great technology for keeping employees productive. If a company’s office is closed during a disruption, staff members can still access work-related documents using their computers, smartphones and tablets to complete their tasks.
Small businesses with limited resources can still take advantage of affordable disaster recovery options. Evans said the small price users must pay for these solutions far outweighs any of the risks, especially if they keep firms operating during disruptions.
Cloud computing more effective recovery solution than on-site devices
Organizations that believe on-site data backups are enough to keep operational efficiency intact may want to rethink this stance, because a survey conducted by TwinStrata found a major difference between the cloud and these options. The study found that 80 percent of firms using the cloud can retrieve mission-critical information in less than 24 hours, compared to one in six that said it would take more than a week to recover data with on-site backups. Of the companies leveraging the cloud, 25 percent said they can access resources instantaneously.
The cloud’s advantages are not limited to disaster recovery, according to TwinStrata.
“The ability to implement cloud storage incrementally at first and to grow it over time, provides a unique opportunity for organizations to solve their immediate problems while testing the viability a long-term storage strategy,” TwinStrata said.
Rather than rely on prior good fortune when it comes to disaster preparedness, firms that implement hosted environments do not have to go over budget to protect their most important assets. Even if a disruption does strike, companies can at least still have a productive workforce even if employees cannot come into the office.