When Hurricane Sandy struck in late 2012, the storm emphasized the importance of a thorough disaster recovery plan. Organizations that did not back up mission-critical data likely lost this information for good, while firms that relied solely on on-site devices may have experienced significant downtime trying to restore their tapes, disks and hard drives. Instead of going through future hardships, companies can leverage new and innovative solutions like cloud computing, which keeps information and IT applications off-site and out of harm’s way.
Business leaders considering ways to maintain operational efficiency during future disruptions should strongly consider cloud-based environments. Not only is the cloud an affordable technology, thanks to its subscription pricing model, but it is accessible through the internet, making it possible for employees to access work-related documents at any time.
In an interview with The Data Center Journal’s Industry Perspective, data management expert Alex Winokur indicated that businesses should use off-site backups to improve their disaster preparedness.
“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.”
On-site backups can lead to further downtime
Firms set on sticking with on-site backups to protect mission-critical data from disasters may not have the ability to avoid downtime like they could with cloud-based environments. A survey conducted by TwinStrata found that 80 percent of organizations polled using the cloud can recover information in less than 24 hours and 25 percent of respondents can do so immediately. Of the participants leveraging on-site backups, one in six reported it would take more than a week to retrieve data.
TwinStrata explained that organizations need solutions that not only address ever-growing data demands, but also have quick disaster recovery capabilities.
“The ability to implement cloud storage incrementally at first and to grow it over time, provides a unique opportunity for organizations to solve their immediate problems while testing the viability a long-term storage strategy,” the company stated.
There is no telling when or where the next disaster will strike, but companies do not have to suffer extended periods of downtime because they rely on outdated methods like on-site backups. Cloud computing has established itself as the modern data protection tool.