Cloud Computing Disaster Recovery

Quest Technology Management

Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

Risk Management, Business Management, and Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Systems

Mitigating risk is integral to business management for any organization, because risk is a definition of, and inherent in, an enterprise. “Risk” and “enterprise” are practically interchangeable terms, as countless examples from Apple to Yahoo amply show.

Risk Management (RM) is about calculating and minimizing the risks involved in running an enterprise, and ameliorating the negative consequences that may result when risk becomes reality. Risk can also encourage positive outcomes when it is a catalyst for innovation – the technology that surrounds us is a powerful confirmation of the rewards that can accompany risks.

Customizable and flexible Disaster Recovery (DR) systems allow companies to create affordable and effective business processes to monitor data security, without breaking the bank.

When Time is of the Essence, and Money is an Object

Disaster Recovery can be a make-or-break investment, especially for SMBs. One recent IDC study found that network downtime costs organizations at least $20,000 an hour (according to 80% of respondents). Yet, while the importance of protecting data is virtually indisputable, the complexity of IT, together with staff and budget constraints, tend to discourage investment in effective DR systems.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

To protect their enterprise data, companies have historically used tape for backup and recovery, either on-site or at a co-location. Many companies still do this. Despite the cloud's prevalence in almost every aspect of our professional lives, many SMBs remain reluctant to adopt cloud-based DRaaS due to concerns about security, performance, and costs, as well as a misperception that cloud-based systems are “out of their control.”

But innovations in cloud-based DR technology, as well as the prohibitive costs of building and maintaining an on-premise storage and recovery system, are reversing that trend. According to industry insiders, by 2016 one in every five companies will switch from traditional backups to newer technologies, such as cloud-based and hybrid cloud DR systems.

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Cloud-based and hybrid cloud DR solutions can be substantially less expensive than traditional data recovery systems and now offer speedier recovery times. To address a company's network capacity, most DRaaS vendors offer onboarding services, such as setting up local appliances connecting your network to your vendor's, making the transition from traditional on-premise DR to cloud-based DR even easier.

Hybrid Cloud DR

This technology uses a public cloud as an off-site location to store backup copies of data. The many advantages of this include: fixed pricing, geographic distribution, live data replication, remote operation, virtualization, and managed services, all of which make this type of DR simple and cost-effective.

Considerations for Adopting Cloud-based DR

Following are some considerations when evaluating a DRaaS provider:

  • Analyze the stored data that will need recovery
  • Assess the business applications and data most critical for day-to-day business continuity
  • What is your recovery time objective (RTO)? Or, how long can your company survive without these apps and data?
  • Evaluate the vendor's customer support capabilities and processes for protecting your data
  • Read the service level agreement (SLA) fine print to ensure it meets your needs and expectations (Can your network access the DRaaS' data center? Can the DRaaS support appropriate data security compliance requirements?)
  • Consider the cost – your DRaaS needs to be affordable, simple, and easy to maintain

If your business doesn't have a DR plan in place or is considering an upgrade, upfront planning is essential. Assess your data protection needs ahead of time to help determine which DRaaS vendor will be able to meet your DR needs, and which solution is the most cost-effective option for you.

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery by Quest

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