Cloud-based disaster recovery: features and benefits.
Cloud computing is used for business operations by 94% of all companies worldwide in 2022 (How Many Companies Use Cloud Computing in 2022? (NEW Statistics) – EarthWeb). How long will it take for this number to reach 100%? The cloud is here to stay, providing us with unprecedented flexibility, excellent features for working in distributed teams, and enhanced security.
What about disaster recovery? Is this normally time-consuming and expensive operation any different in the cloud? Putting your disaster recovery plan in the cloud can help alleviate some of the concerns associated with its implementation.
Let’s take a closer look at five key benefits of Cloud-based disaster recovery:
1. Faster recovery time.
Cloud recovery is different from traditional recovery at its core. Virtualization encapsulates the entire server, including the operating system, applications, patches, and data into a single software bundle or virtual server. In the event of a disaster, this virtual server can be copied or backed up to an off-site data center and spun up on a virtual host in a matter of minutes.
Businesses can recover from a disaster by using available tools to automate the process and select which data can be brought up when there is a disruption. If you do not use the proper cloud disaster recovery option, your IT department may have to spend days attempting to recover data that is critical to the operation of your business, and some data may even be lost entirely.
Many businesses must often halt operations while data is recovered. This downtime is detrimental and quicker options are a must to prevent this from happening. As a result, disaster recovery plans in the cloud help businesses in avoiding costly downtimes.
2. Cost efficiency
When you use the Cloud, you only pay for what you use, or a “pay-as-you-go” model, to keep your costs to a minimum. Using a third-party data center in the cloud makes disaster recovery less expensive and more appealing for businesses of all sizes. This is because it does not necessitate a large initial investment or significant ongoing maintenance costs, so having your recovery site in the cloud can help make it more affordable.
Cloud-based disaster recovery provides greater flexibility. You can scale your storage as needed, increasing or decreasing your capacity based on your business demands. This eliminates wasted time worrying about having to commit to a specific amount of storage for a specific period of time. This allows you to focus your energy on more important strategic goals.
4. Increased Security
With the right provider, having a cloud-based disaster recovery plan is quite secure. You cannot afford to take any chances, so make sure to ask the right questions when selecting a vendor.
5. Zero geographical reliance
Your cloud storage is accessible from any location. Using clouds, you can buy infrastructure in any location and connect to that infrastructure via the internet from anywhere.
There are significant benefits to implementing a cloud-based disaster recovery plan. Don’t pass up the opportunity to take advantage of them. Contact us for an expert consultation on cloud-based disaster recovery.