Cloud Computing

Don’t Let Your Data Blow Away: Cloud Disaster Recovery

A disaster of any kind is a fear for so many of us. Events like house fires and freak thunderstorms can take all our personal belongings and remind us that no document or treasure is safe unless one of two things is true – you happened to either buy two or make a copy, or it’s been backed up.

But what if you were not only a home owner, but also the owner of a small local bank. What would happen to all your transactional data if that freak storm came through your town?

What Is Cloud Disaster Recovery?

Don't Let Your Data Blow Away: Cloud Disaster RecoveryCloud computing is great for a lot of things, collaboration, saving your company money, and improving app development; however, it’s perfect for one thing – a data disaster recovery.

According to Wikipedia, cloud backup is “a service that provides users with a system for the backup, storage, and recovery of computer files…typically built around a client software program that runs on a schedule…once a day…it typically collects, compresses, encrypts and transfers the data to the remote backup service provider’s servers or off-site hardware.”

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Cloud computing is the perfect technology to handle disaster recovery because it is a virtual server. Let’s take a basic “disaster”: you realized there’s a massive patch needed and it must be done to please your CIO overnight. Typically this process would be burdensome, you’d have to move all the data and apps over, execute the patch, then load everything back in.

With a cloud computing disaster recovery solution, you’d be hardware independent, your data and patches can be moved and executed without the reload at the end. It would only take minutes to do this with a virtual host and since you only pay for what you use with public and hybrid clouds, it makes it cost efficient. Why? Because for you would only pay for the storage you used that one time and wouldn’t have to incur the cost for the remaining year of unwasted space.

Cloud Disaster Recovery, Who Does What

Before you go forward with purchasing a cloud disaster recovery solution, do your homework. You’re going to need a blueprint of not only what you would like to have, but also who does those things the best.

For example, you may want something like a managed service provider. These MSPs manage both your production and disaster recovery. The benefit, it’s nice to only deal with one company. The con, they might not be able to provide you with the best quality your data and business deserve on both sides of the spectrum.

Or you could prefer to back up to and restore from the cloud. This means your applications and data will always have their home on-premise. The data is only backed up to the cloud and in case of an emergency would be there for when you needed to reload into your systems.

A third option is to back up to and restore in the cloud. This means everything you do, your applications, data and etc. only live in the cloud.

No matter which you choose, I highly suggest you choose one style of cloud disaster recovery. By doing so, you are eliminating risk, enabling agility, and saving not only paper – but also maybe your business from a data disaster.

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