Traditional disaster recovery required a lengthy process undertaken manually. It involved local servers, imaging CDs and DVDs and re-installation of numerous applications. How much information a firm recovered hinged upon when the last backup occurred.
Why Use Cloud Computing as a Disaster Recovery Option
Today, moving to the cloud lets you access applications and files online. But many reasons beyond convenience exist for using cloud computing. These include:
- It provides a cost effective method accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- It offers a scalable solution that can easily grow and shrink with a business.
- It contributes to the organization’s business continuity by enabling access regardless of local weather or geological conditions, plus providing access across geographic regions.
- It provides a turnkey solution for information processing, storage and connectivity of information.
- Its reduced downtime results in reduced revenue loss. In the event of a continuity break, most businesses can recover in two to four hours with some recovering data and applications as quickly as just under an hour.
- Cloud-based applications, including disaster recovery solutions, can be easily tested, analyzed and updated.
Simply transitioning your business activities to the cloud provides some measure of protection from data loss, but your organization also benefits if you use a cloud-based disaster recovery system.
Why Your Cloud Solution Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan
Simply using cloud apps in lieu of local apps does not constitute a disaster recovery solution. Your organization needs a cloud-based disaster recovery mechanism that comprises one tenet of your business continuity/disaster recovery plan. Since this is not commonly a job responsibility of IT, you could consult with a firm like Preemo in Miami, FL that can help you develop a disaster recovery plan for the cloud solutions you use. The consultant helps formulate a plan that cohesively collates all cloud and local applications your organization uses and creates a unified plan for restoration of data in case of a data loss. They assist in testing the plan and honing it. Its cloud nature allows for its frequent testing and the running of frequent simulations. This ensures that everything works as it should and you can complete a quick application and data recovery.
How Consultants Help
Preemo specializes in cloud based disaster recovery for small businesses. It provides tailored solutions for law offices, medical and dental practices, accountants, real estate and construction firms and insurance brokers.
As a consultant, it does not assume that cloud disaster recovery is right for your organization. Instead, it analyzes your operations and day-to-day needs, especially with respect to security and data recovery to help you determine if it is the right choice. It also helps design your firm’s backup sets for recovery, if cloud services to prove to be the right choice.
Find out how your organization can benefit from cloud computing by contacting a business continuity consultant today. Cloud disaster recovery can keep your business running when disaster strikes.