Dangerous storms emphasize effective data protection

Dangerous storms emphasize effective data protection

April 15

A company’s data is one of its most important assets and must be protected regardless of the situation. Although some organizations likely back up mission-critical information to on-site devices like tapes, disks and hard drives, a natural disaster or other disruption that strikes the office can damage or destroy these resources, making it even more difficult for businesses to respond to these situations.

Luckily, cloud backup is not only effective solution for keeping data safe, but it is also affordable. Hosted environments can be purchased without the type of upfront capital investment on-site systems require. The scalability of the cloud is also ideal, allowing companies to add or subtract storage capacity to meet current demands.

Every year, there are plenty of storms that can impact an organization’s operations, especially tornadoes. Parts of Arkansas and Missouri experienced severe tornadoes, while Mississippi also felt the wrath of similar incidents, USA Today reported.

Companies that are not ready to respond to tornadoes or other events like hurricanes, floods and fires may lose more than just a day’s work. Failing to have access to important data can limit productivity and revenue opportunities if firms experience prolonged periods of downtime. Cloud backup ensures that employees have the ability to remain efficient regardless of the situation.

Decision-makers who insist on having on-site backups rather than off-site ones may be singing a different tune if their businesses are forced to shut down for a significant amount of time. In an interview with The Data Center Journal’s Industry Perspective, Alex Winokur, a data management expert, highlighted the benefits of keeping information away from the danger zone during natural disasters.

“The benefits are that you’ll have a place where you can run your applications and where you can recover your data,” Winokur told the news source. “If your data center is in a disaster zone, and it’s your only data center, and it has your only copies of the data, then you may never recover.”

Executives who are hesitant to migrate applications to hosted environments should think about the added protection cloud deployments provide. The next major disaster may be right around the corner. Companies that leverage cloud computing can be more prepared than firms relying solely on on-site data backups, which can fail during to keep corporate information safe if tested during powerful storms.

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