Disaster recovery capabilities receive boost from cloud computing

Disaster recovery capabilities receive boost from cloud computing

June 11

Modern disaster recovery includes much more than just typical on-site data backups like tapes, disks and hard drives. New technologies like cloud backup make it possible for companies to move mission-critical data to off-site environments, ensuring these valuable resources are not damaged or destroyed during major disruptions.

The cloud also makes it possible for employees to access work-related content anywhere, regardless of location, because it is available via the Internet. Some incidents force businesses to shut their offices for a few days or longer, making it difficult to maintain productivity during such times. With the cloud, however, staff members do not have to be in an office to complete tasks.

There many different types of cloud deployments, including public, private, hybrid and multi-tenant, among others. In terms of disaster recovery, there are also differences between certain technologies.

Virtual-Strategy Magazine’s Ben Miller recently highlighted the distinctions between Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS). According to the reporter, BaaS deployments are a part of the greater recovery solution, focused on the data stored with an application. RaaS is used to protect the entire application and all of the data stored in it.

Cloud, other technologies help safeguard corporate data
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) should not hesitate to adopt new and innovative technologies like the cloud to keep corporate data safe and accessible during disasters. Other solutions, including virtualization and mobile devices, can help firms develop an even more robust recovery plan.

A survey conducted by a security vendor found that 43 percent of SMBs have adopted private clouds, while 40 percent have done so with public deployments. Since implementing cloud-based environments, 43 percent said their overall disaster preparedness has improved.

Steve Cullen, senior vice president of the security firm, highlighted how cloud computing and other options are great for SMBs looking for ways to enhance disaster recovery.

“Technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops,” said Cullen.

There are plenty of solutions available for companies of all sizes regarding disaster recovery. However, those that not only operate off-site, but provide unprecedented access to corporate resources are even more capable than others. Cloud computing appears to pass both tests with flying colors.

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