How the cloud has improved Disaster Recovery
Taking advantage of the cloud makes Disaster Recovery solutions more cost effective and reliable.
It’s now crystal clear for businesses that in order for organisations to survive a Disaster Recovery incident, they need a strong Business Continuity plan in place. After all, only 6% of businesses that experience downtime without a plan will survive long term.
Prior to the cloud and solutions like Veeam cloud connect, traditional DR was typically time-consuming and expensive but thanks to innovation, customers can now take advantage of both backup and replication technology, with customisable Recovery Time Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO).
Before cloud technology became the norm, most DR solutions were based around the process of physically storing information on external disks and then transporting this data off-site to a ‘secure’ second location.
Preparation and recovery time
As you’ve probably experienced, transferring large amounts of data can be time-consuming. Now imagine copying over hundreds of terabytes of data for a business. Not only is it time-consuming, but the business would have also had to pay for the engineer to monitor the backups and ensure that the data transfer is successful. The organisation would then have to arrange for secure transportation to escort the files to another location.
Not only is the preparation time lengthy, in the event of an incident, an engineer would have to collect or arrange for the data to be transferred back to the primary site should an incident occur. They would then either have to restore all of the business data, which is a repeat of the lengthy process above or find the specific files that need restoring.
With technology today, data can be protected instantaneously and transferred to a second location via the internet. When they are lost they can also be restored quickly. With customisable recovery points and times, businesses are truly in charge of their recovery process and even better, data is backed up or replicated automatically so there’s less human error involved, meaning the IT department can focus on more important aspects. If this isn’t suitable for your organisation, you could also completely outsource your disaster recovery solution to your cloud vendor.
Through faster recovery times and reduced downtime, organisations are also preventing loss of income. As Recovery as a Service solutions are typically provided through a third-party cloud vendor the business avoids paying for engineers to complete mundane tasks such as backing up the information, they can be focusing their attention on other important areas of the business.
Not only this but by utilising a virtual service there is no need to purchase disk space to back up the data, let alone paying for a secure location to store the information. It’s also important to consider what would happen if a disk was to corrupt and the data was to become unavailable. If the business couldn’t justify any data loss, then two backups would have to be taken.
Looking back, it’s also quite interesting to ponder how many businesses would have cut corners. How many IT managers actually stored the tapes offsite? Were they actually stored in a secure place or just in someone’s house? Were compliance regulations met? Thankfully, with modern Business Continuity solutions, these files can be stored offsite on a vendor’s platform as part of the solution.
For advice on protecting your business in the cloud, speak to the experts or take part in our 14 day Veeam Cloud Connect trial.