For many businesses, the cloud is still a largely unexplored territory. However, its growing importance is driving more to adopt various solutions, such as online backup services or data management plans, quickly. For a data center, understanding how the cloud affects its facilities is very important in order for it to provide optimal services.
According to Bill Kleyman, a contributor at Data Center Knowledge, the “centralized data center environment” is no longer the standard, with more businesses distributing their data among a “global data grid.” This change drives the need for a standard for the access and organization of this data, as well as a more effective way to protect that data. By decentralizing the data center and consolidating it with virtualization and the cloud, businesses may find better resource utilization and cost management, but may quickly lose sight of their data overall.
The cloud does provide a huge variety of benefits, from energy consumption reduction to real estate savings. But it must be approached through an educated process and adequate business continuity strategy. When exploring cloud options, a business has to address the impact that it can have on operations. Kleyman notes that disaster recovery will be among the areas most significantly impacted.
Regardless of business size, utilizing the cloud for disaster recovery can provide significant budget savings, giving a company the ability to copy entire servers and systems to a secure, non-physical place. This provides physical protection, as there is no drive or tape to be damaged, as well as easy access from any location for those with authorization. Additionally, the cloud offers a pay-as-you-go payment model, reducing capacity costs and overall service expenses and increasing the return on investment (ROI) of system backup software solutions.