Businesses looking for ways to improve their disaster preparedness should not rely solely on on-site backups to achieve such a goal. Although these devices are handy because they are generally located in close proximity to the relevant personnel, if they are always stored at a firm’s office they can be damaged or destroyed during major disruptions.
Cloud backup, on the other hand, allows organizations to migrate their most important resources to a hosted environment, keeping these assets safe and accessible through the Internet.
The evolution of the cloud has enabled the Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) market. A recent CSO Online report explained that DRaaS not only backs up a company’s data, but the entire digital environment. The news source said more vendors are beginning to offer such services in an effort to capture more of the infrastructure market.
“Most of the providers I spoke with also offer a cloud-based environment to spin up the applications and data to when you declare a disaster,” said Karyn Price, industry analyst of cloud computing services at Frost & Sullivan, according to CSO.
Price added that service providers want to offer recovery options for a greater variety of clientele.
Other industry professionals have praised the advantages of DRaaS, including Chuck Riddle, CIO at the Government Printing Office. Riddle said that DRaaS is a cost-effective solution for organizations looking for ways to enhance their recovery efforts, according to an FCW report. This is because firms only pay for the services they need.
“Done correctly, it opens up a lot of options for doing disaster recovery better than in the past, but the devil’s always in the details when it comes to how you actually move forward,” Riddle said, FCW reported.
There is no telling when or where disasters may strike, but organizations cannot afford to neglect recovery solutions. By leveraging the cloud, firms do not have to pay for expensive systems that may never be used to full capacity. The cloud is scalable, allowing businesses to add additional computing power or storage without buying more hardware or software.
Should a company experience a devastating disaster, the cloud makes it possible for employees to access work-related content using their PCs, laptops or even smartphones without physically being in the office, ensuring productivity is maintained in some capacity.