Disaster recovery and preparedness is a tricky area for some businesses, where cost, efficiency, and time all weigh against the IT department. However, business continuity is a vital aspect of running a company, and, according to TechTarget, “failure is not an option.”
With disaster recovery, every business needs to explore its options and implement a strategy or risk ruin from power outage, server crash, or natural disaster. According to the news source, the cloud offers a vital opportunity for business continuity that may not otherwise be available to a company. Of the various reasons that may be holding a business back from implementing this necessary part of operations, the cloud can help in three key ways.
Unlike tape backups, the cloud is accessible at any time, swiftly and reliably. And unlike disks, online backup solutions can be accessed from anywhere, rather than one location. This makes the cloud an excellent way for a business to implement disaster recovery plans that take numerous circumstances into account, such as destroyed offices, no power, or remote employees.
The cloud is also less expensive than other disaster recovery software options, with flexible storage space and scalability that is infrequently offered elsewhere. With cloud-based data backup software, a business only pays for the space it uses and doesn’t have to purchase additional hardware. This keeps costs low while still providing the necessary protection that the business needs from IT-related emergencies.
Adoption and integration
In addition to making disaster recovery affordable and accessible, offering backup and recovery solutions based in the cloud can help a business spur adoption of business continuity in the first place. Many companies are already integrating cloud services with their operations, from communications to security and more. Implementing DR in the cloud helps a business integrate its backup and recovery efforts with these services, making it easy to back up data and restore it following loss.
Ultimately, a business needs disaster recovery. Implementing it through the cloud is one way to simplify the process and sell the idea to company decision-makers as an affordable and easy-to-implement package. The cloud is also an excellent secondary backup system to disk solutions and an reliable way to replace antiquated tape systems in an easy-to-convert way.