Rather than rely solely on on-site backup options, firms can improve their data protection and disaster recovery practices with innovative solutions like cloud computing. Growth Business contributor Aad Dekkers recently explained why the cloud is so effective in helping firms operate in these areas.
The writer noted that cloud computing is ideal for businesses because it helps them lower storage costs and protect information. By implementing both backup and recovery plans, companies are safeguarded against disasters that can harm critical systems. If an incident does happen, firms can return to operations with little downtime.
Before adopting backup systems, however, organizations must identify systems that need to be protected, according to Dekkers. This process can be achieved by determining how long companies can operate if a disaster forces them to shut down. In this case, financial and legal data should be at the top of the list for recovery.
Organizations must also ensure they select the right backup vendor that will protect them in the event of a disaster.
“When discussing a disaster recovery plan with a backup vendor, it’s important to establish recovery time objectives as well as the point from which data needs to be recovered, and make sure that a service level agreement can meet these,” Dekkers explained.
In addition to safeguarding data against theft, businesses must always be ready to deal with sudden weather patterns. Computerworld’s Lucas Mearian highlighted the need for proper data protection and recovery solutions, explaining that the cloud is beneficial for meeting these requirements.
Violent storms and wildfires in Colorado, for example, have destroyed more than 2 million acres, emphasizing the need to have available data backup and recovery systems in place, Mearian noted.