Using cloud computing technology presents any enterprise or business ventures with a very interesting disaster recovery option. Cloud computing in its essence includes the core concept of storing data online. When a client gets the services of a cloud provider, this means that their files and other digital information get transferred to the online servers, which then house and safe keep the same data. This makes cloud computing easy for deployment, cost effective and extremely flexible.
But, another big advantage of this technology is its use in a disaster recovery plan. With this approach, any business or any other organization can produce a plan that can shield them in the case of any misfortune that leads to system failure and loss of data. With cloud computing, the same organization will not need to worry about maintenance or deployment of any IT infrastructure. Instead, the entire operation can be produced from within a cloud service.
In this case, the entire operating system, its application, and data are combined into a singular softer package or a virtual bundle. The same bundle can be stored on a cloud and easily copied if the need for it arises. Disaster recovery based on a cloud also holds several additional aspects and features that can aid their users. Here are the most important ones.
Disaster Recovery Approach
The approach of using cloud computing as a safeguard in a disaster recovery plan is definitely the right choice. If this approach is executed in its completeness (meaning that the organization provides its cloud storage with regular backups) it can literary save a company in a time of crisis. Additional advantages of this approach are the increase in the general security of the software solutions that are used. In the modern world, the threat of cyber criminals is larger than ever before, and the immediate future will certainly see many crippling, worldwide attacks that will impact many users. Utilizing cloud computing in this manner means that a company has all it needs to survive any disaster.
Cost Effective Disaster Recovery Plan
Cloud computing in any form is a very affordable service. Because of the healthy competition between the big providers, this service often has very modest prices, while at the same time it offers great service. The cost effectiveness in the downscaling of a company’s IT department means that everyone can save money by placing their disaster recovery plan on a cloud service.
Managing the disaster recovery servers and storage devices
In the case of an in-house disaster recovery plan, there are many factors that need to be kept in check. Maintaining the resources like servers and their applications means a lot of working hours for employees and a lot less flexibility compared to a cloud-based solution. With cloud computing, all this can be exchanged for a recovery plan that can be located on a single cloud service, where it will available to everyone, and at any time. Less physical storage devices mean less possibility for confusion or failure during a crisis.
Easily Automated, Lowering Recovery Times after a Disaster
Cloud computing offers very high levels of automation of disaster recovery procedures. With them, the users can set a number of parameters to their needs and have them ready for a number of disaster scenarios. With this approach in the moment when disaster strikes, an organization can restore their data in a very speedy manner and be back in business in no time at all. Lowering the recovery time it a great advantage of cloud storage.
When these factors are examined in detail, it is plain to see that cloud computing can be the biggest ally for any disaster recovery plan.
Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems Inc., a managed data backup and recovery solution company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM ProcTIER business partner in Pacific Northwest.