Cloud-based recovery should consistently be tested

Cloud-based recovery should consistently be tested

April 21

Cloud computing excels in meeting a number of IT requirements, especially in terms of disaster recovery. Some on-site data backups can be damaged or destroyed during major disruptions, but the cloud is accessible through the internet, keeping mission-critical information and applications safe.

Firms using cloud backup for disaster recovery should always make sure they test the effectiveness of their hosted environments. TechTarget contributor Brien Posey recently explained that testing should simulate a real recovery situation, so the process does not impact production.

The goal of such an initiative is to determine any potential shortcomings, such as bandwidth limitations, that will make recovering data from cloud-based environments perhaps impossible, Posey explained. This also helps clients ensure their service level agreements are being met.

Cloud backup is an affordable option for disaster recovery, allowing organizations to purchase the technology without spending for on-site infrastructure. Although the solution can keep data safe and accessible during disruptions, firms must ensure hosted environments are consistently tested to ensure their effectiveness.

Cloud services mean hands-off approach for clients
Executives still considering whether to adopt cloud computing should realize that much of the heavy lifting in managing the technology is handled by the service providers. In an interview with TechTarget, Rachel Dines, Forrester Research senior analyst, explained that businesses that have adopted the cloud have quicker access to mission-critical data following a disaster.

“The other thing is, in a cloud backup world, usually you have a provider that’s actually managing the process of running the backups, scheduling the backups, making sure that everything is completing properly, error checking, things like that,” Dines told TechTarget. “So a lot of the burden of the day-to-day task of managing the backups in the cloud world is offset from an end user.”

Even if a company has experienced a major disaster and cannot open its office, workers can still remain productive. This is because hosted environments are located off-site and are accessible through the internet, allowing staff members to complete work-related tasks using their computers or other mobile devices.

Some businesses cannot afford to experience prolonged periods of downtime. Firms that shut down will lose revenue, productivity and potentially clients who become frustrated with a lack of consistent service. The cloud can address all of these needs by keeping companies active regardless of the situation.

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