For any business, the cloud offers a variety of advantages when it comes to disaster recovery. From easier access to simplified payment plans, online backup solutions are an easy way to implement a new DR system, or upgrade an older one. However, migrating disaster recovery to the cloud requires a few extra steps that a business needs to be sure are accomplished pain-free.
1. Integrate various ISPs for more reliable connectivity
According to TechRepublic, utilizing more than one internet service provider can ease cloud woes and minimize the chance of failures when uploading, downloading, or accessing online backups in general. Deploying multiple ISPs for a more stable connection will balance workload and prevent a single disconnect from bringing the entire office offline.
2. Maintain physical copies when necessary
For files and applications that simply cannot be lost no matter what, keeping a physical copy on hand completely mitigates risk. However, it is easy to over-anticipate the need for these secondary backups, eliminating the benefits of the cloud. A business should carefully analyze what applications and documents need the additional security and plan accordingly.
3. Understand the cloud provider’s policies and capabilities
Not all cloud vendors are created equally either. In order to maximize the benefits of data backup software, the cloud provider needs to match up with the needs of the business as well. According to the news source, this means knowing what the vendor’s DR and failover policies are and what its promises for service restoration are. It does little good to invest in a cloud service for disaster recovery that doesn’t have a good DR plan itself.
4. Utilize the strengths of the cloud
The cloud’s main advantage is availability. A business can gain immediate access to its data under almost any circumstances and easily recover data that may have been lost on primary systems. Additionally, cloud storage is “pay as you go,” making it extremely affordable. However, it is easy to misuse the cloud’s capabilities or overstress these advantages, storing more data than is necessary or taxing the cloud’s capabilities in other ways. This will result in a loss of efficiency. A business needs to understand how the cloud benefits it best and utilize it in that manner, rather than simply piling backup after backup into storage.
5. Plan for moving locations
Should a disaster strike that requires the business to relocate, especially a large corporation with offices around the globe, access to cloud backups needs to be universal. If an office in New York relocates to Los Angeles, it needs to be able to access the same backups just as easily as it did in the previous location. This is also important if a disaster strikes one location but not the others – the cloud needs to be accessible even if a crisis occurs at the main location.