Did you know that the U.S. Bureau of Labor reported that 93% of companies that experience a data disaster go out of business within 5 years? Or how about the fact that 95% of all organizations experienced a data outage in the past year? With these staggering numbers, it’s no longer a question of whether or not you should put a disaster recovery (DR) plan into place, it’s a question of how.
Leveraging the innovations available in cloud-based services makes DR more cost-effective and reliable. In the past, legacy DR solutions consisted of tedious and expensive practices: Off-site backups that took too long to retrieve and deliver, data recovery failure due to mismatched drives and network configurations, and disaster recovery plans designed as a one-time procedure rather than a dynamic, enduring program. Today, cloud-based DR provides robust disaster recovery options for businesses of all sizes.
Reduced Recovery Time
In the past, DR has been based on the process of physically storing data on backup tapes off-site and then relying on the transportation of those tapes from the storage facility before being re-uploaded onsite. The advent of virtualization and cloud computing offered the possibility to transfer and store backups in cyberspace. An entire server, including software, applications, and auxiliary data, can be launched on a virtual host in a matter of minutes, as opposed to the days or even weeks that it takes traditional backup systems to recover. Without having to reload each independent server component, businesses can reduce their recovery time objectives (RTO)–or at least meet the ones they’ve set in place.
DR is More Cost Effective
It comes as no surprise that 69% of companies are using cloud-based cybersecurity services, according to “The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016” performed by Price Waterhouse Coopers, where 10,000 C-level executives across 127 countries were polled. Disaster recovery is among the most important of these services. With traditional DR, capital expenses such as tape storage, transportation costs to a secure facility, and space to store backups were necessary. The time it takes to transport and restore a system represents higher resource consumption and downtime as well. With cloud DR, the total cost of ownership is lower and its higher performance translates to increased savings when a disaster does strike.
Increased Flexibility and Options
In today’s marketplace, scalability is essential and having the flexibility to increase or reduce capacity quickly has real value. The cloud allows businesses to scale both up and down. This type of flexibility is also useful when deciding whether you want to back up to and restore from the cloud, or whether you want to back up from and restore to the cloud. Some application bundles may have much more stringent recovery point objectives (RPOs) than others, so the ability to pick and choose what level of service each application bundle may need is also of great value.
Some cloud-based disaster recovery services are referred to as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Many companies claim to provide DRaaS but vary widely from one another in the services they actually perform. Some companies are bundling their DRaaS as part of managed service provider (MSP) services in order to maximize the benefits of all the cloud has to offer.
With new cloud options, disaster recovery offerings are abundant and varied. SMBs can and should employ new DR methods, once only available to large enterprises. Businesses of all sizes, across all industries, reap the financial benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery. While a lot has changed as a result of DR in the cloud, the fundamentals have not. You must still maintain your systems and data in excellent condition, devise a solid disaster recovery plan, and test that plan regularly to make sure your organization will come through a disaster unscathed.
Partnering with OnRamp
OnRamp offers a comprehensive DRaaS solution that helps you maximize the cloud for disaster recovery. Our benefits include:
- Simple, fast recovery with near zero RPO/ RTO with recovery validation reports
- Continuous data protection with real-time replication and any point in time recovery
- Multi-tier application protection: full application, single or multi-virtual machine replication, boot ordering and prioritization
- Anytime testing with non-disruptive failovers and self-service or service provider assisted testing
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