Cloud computing has a very big impact on disaster recovery planning.
Cloud computing can impact disaster recovery planning in various ways.
Data has become such an essential part of our world. As more data is being accumulated, new innovations such as cloud computing have risen. One of these cloud based concepts is cloud disaster recovery or cloud DR. Cloud DR is essentially a backup and restore strategy that aims to store and maintain copies of electronic records in a cloud computing system to ensure the security of documents. This strategy can provide companies with a way to recover their data and prevent failure in case there are any disasters that may occur. Many companies are looking to implement these concepts into their strategy.
According to an IDC report, backup-as-a-service and recover-as-a-service will likely account for $1 billion by the end of this year. Gartner foresees that 90% of disaster recovery operations will run in the cloud by 2020. There are many benefits that disaster recovery planning can offer for your business. Here are some of the ways that cloud computing can impact on disaster recovery planning.
Leveraging the cloud provides businesses with the ability to respond more quickly to a disaster, which is very important because sometimes, you need to act in minutes. In many situations, businesses can recover from a disaster using the cloud and automation tools to automate the recovery process. These automated tools are a necessity because without them, recovering from a disaster can be very tedious with scripts and a lot of manual work. This can definitely set the IT department back when implementing their disaster recovery solution. This could be disastrous because companies may not be able to recover their data as well as they would have thought. Leveraging cloud computing on a disaster recovery plan could also mean that businesses can recover their data in a very efficient manner. This could reduce many costs for the business and get them back to production very quickly.
Businesses who leverage cloud computing on disaster recovery planning aim to create a plan that isn’t costly. Businesses who go this route usually don’t want to set up a duplicate data center because it is expensive setting one up and going through a specialized third-party data center. The third-party approach means that the business isn’t responsible for maintaining the data center. With a cloud-based solution, businesses can manage these data centers themselves and have more flexibility and access to their data as well as very economical solution.
With cloud computing, businesses don’t need to worry about picking a location for the disaster recovery facility which can possibly be damaged by the disaster as well. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit America, many companies had their disaster recovery center were damaged. With a cloud based solution, this wouldn’t be an issue because everything would be on the cloud. A cloud solution also gives companies the option to access their data center anywhere and whenever. This can help companies be productive regardless of where and when they are.