Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery – What you need to consider?

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Today’s data backup and recovery solutions have shifted from traditional tape and hardware-dependent solutions to cloud-based solutions that offer organizations more lively means of recovering mission-critical data in case any disaster occurs. Cloud is being accepted by private as well as public sectors but the concerns about moving data to the cloud and depending on the cloud for continuous workflow without any distraction which may, for example, be primary server failure.

Government organizations held responsible for data privacy and protection need to be confident about the efficiency, reliability and renewability of any cloud-based disaster recovery solution they implement. IT managers may also be in search of a combined pack of data backup and recovery solutions, for instance, that balance the data by managing some data on the site and moving other directly to the cloud.

While evaluating a cloud backup and recovery platform, it’s essential to think about your IT goals. Is that you have faced any instances recently in which you were unable to recover data quickly and caused service issues to your customers? Are you dealing with compliance-related regulations that will certainly require extra backup and extra timely access in the case of a troublesome event?  Are you setting new IT goals for data recovery and restore like the highly effective response to any disruption and the ability to acquire the data you want from the cloud at a speed encountering your performance standards?

The invisible budget concern is also a significant factor you need to think of. The role of cloud in moving operations from capital to operational expenditures is trending topic today. This being discussed, IT managers need to ensure adding or further integrating cloud recovery is available within their budget and also helps in fulfilling the performance goals.

Following are the factors that you need to consider while shifting to an enhanced cloud-based recovery solution –

Analyzing Cloud Cost –

Budget decisions are often necessary for deciding on the most critical data since in an ideal world all data may be stored in the cloud.  If you decide to pursue integrated cloud recovery, determine the technology that fits your budget. You should consider databases, backup and recovery of files, server images for both physical as well as virtual servers without limitation on the number of servers and endpoints, auditing and 24*7 U.S.-based technical-level support. When operational expenditures are discussed, scalability related to pricing is essential to be considered.

What Should be the Backup Speed?

As the datasets increase in size continuously, the optimum solution would be the one that is able to handle and provide the required backup speed. Speed plays a significant role in meeting the backup windows and recovering data quickly.  With high-speed data transfer, organizations can get much better shot so that the systems and applications are restored within a specific window with less distraction.

Evolution from Hardware-focused Approach –

As per the IDC analyst firm, the average cost of downtime is around $100,000 per hour. One surprising fact is that several businesses experience 10 to 20 hours of unplanned downtime per year and that too without any natural disaster.  Tape backup and hardware have been the dependent sources for legacy backup and recovery systems since those aren’t cost effective and are unable to efficiently withstand the offensive of data currently existing in the organizations.  These legacy systems aren’t well-equipped to provide rapid recovery from natural disasters like hurricanes to unplanned downtime as the effect of system failure.

Since any enterprise needs to wait long for replacement of an appliance, thinking about the hardware is out of the budget. If the businesses decide to move directly to the cloud, it eliminates the need to wait for a hardware appliance and accelerates data recovery.  With this type of approach, the enterprises can recover data in the cloud without waiting for an appliance replacement when the disaster strikes.

Recovery Time Objective Set-up –

While planning for a cloud-based backup and recovery strategy, it’s important to think on the period, your business is going to continue without accessing the data. So, if the recovery time objective is set, IT managers will get the parameters they require to work with in offering backup as well as restore. It may require a complete day or even an hour.

Offering An Efficient User Experience –

An IT expert can manage an appliance-free, cloud recovery solution from any location. Also, managers must be able to get an access through web and initiate a restore. Downloading files without recovering an entire server image first is possible with highly advanced solutions. Ease of use is the only standard in evaluating cloud recovery options.  As a customer, you need to expect 24*7 technical support with a live person. Any solution should be obedient with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements, No. 16, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

These five key considerations – cost analysis, required backup speed, recovery time objective set-up, benefits of eliminating hardware appliances and user flexibility in recovering files – are a good start in the evaluation of moving direct-to-cloud platform. No doubt, this technology field will continuously enhance, accelerated by the swelling data and the need to offer quick backup for protecting the critical files.

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