Cloud computing the modern face of disaster recovery

Cloud computing the modern face of disaster recovery

March 30

Companies that experienced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in late 2012 realize the importance of a thorough disaster recovery plan. Firms that have yet to go through a major disruption up to this point should still ensure they have the proper solutions in place to minimize potential downtime. On-site backups are effective because they are within close proximity, but these devices can be damaged or destroyed during floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, making the recovery process even longer.

Where can businesses turn for the most effective disaster recovery? Cloud backup is a great option because the technology keeps corporate data and applications at an off-site location. Firms that have adopted cloud environments can retrieve their most important information to ensure that employees remain productive at all times. Even if a  company’s office is impacted by an incident, workers can still use their smartphones, tablets and laptops to access work-related documents.

Cloud computing may not be the oldest and most established backup technology on the block, but the solution has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most affordable options for keeping data safe and accessible.

Cloud-based recovery a boon for businesses and workers
Many businesses have already experienced the benefits of using cloud computing for disaster recovery. ZDNet reported that Paul Keen, general manager of development and technology at RedBalloon, used to work at a firm that backed up information every night and moved the data to a secondary location. If the business was impacted by a disruption, however, only 60 of its 600 workers could perform their daily tasks. Observing those limitations, RedBalloon did not want to experience similar shortcomings.

“Moving everything into the cloud is a great disaster recovery plan for business continuity,” Keen said, ZDNet reported. “If one day you can’t access your building, just send all the staff home, and the only thing your employees can’t do is have a water cooler conversation.”

According to Keen, the cloud allows employees to work from anywhere, regardless of location. This may include the office, train or home, ZDNet reported. Keen added that the cloud allows RedBalloon to offer personnel a more healthy work and life balance.

Decision-makers who have resisted the cloud for disaster recovery up to this point should not only consider adopting the technology for business continuity reasons, but to provide staff members the option of getting their jobs done anywhere.

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