Firms must be ready for all types of disasters

Firms must be ready for all types of disasters

June 8

Natural disasters can strike at any time, placing businesses without effective recovery solutions in a precarious position. Although tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes are some of the most dangerous disruptions that can impact operational efficiency, they are not the only ones.

Virtual-Strategy Magazine’s Ben Miller recently suggested that corporate data centers are most vulnerable to technological incidents or those caused by human or random error. Firms relying on replication solutions can experience problems if they are exposed to a virus, which will be copied to the secondary site.

Miller encouraged organizations to have a disaster recovery solution that allows them to easily recover data from a certain point before the virus occurred.

There are several ways to back up mission-critical data, including cloud backup. The technology allows firms to migrate their most important resources to hosted environments, keeping information and applications accessible during disruptions. In addition to having an effective tool available for future disasters, Miller indicated that companies must always test their options over time to ensure a successful recovery process.

Corporate data more vulnerable if stored on-site
In an interview with The Data Center Journal’s Industry Perspective, data management expert Alex Winokur highlighted the benefits of off-site data backups compared to those stored at a company’s facility.

“The benefits are that you’ll have a place where you can run your applications and where you can recover your data,” Winokur told Industry Perspective. “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.”

Organizations considering ways to enhance operational efficiency, maintain productivity and keep important data safe, regardless of the situation, should consider implementing cloud-based environments. The technology is off-site and accessible through the Internet, allowing staff members to no longer need to be strictly bound by an office setting to complete work-related tasks.

Another key advantage of cloud computing relative to on-site deployments is its affordability. IT systems often require organizations to purchase hardware and software that demands an upfront capital investment, even if these solutions are never used to full capacity. The cloud, on the other hand, is available through subscriptions to help companies keep budgets in line with their spending capabilities. If users need more computing power or storage, these functions can be added without additional hardware or software.

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