The business case for Recovery as a Service has never been stronger in 2015. Thanks to cloud computing technology, there are now a number of ways to effectively safeguard your business data.

With all the different options available there is no reason to not protect it. After all, could you afford to take the risk of all your business data being destroyed? For the majority of businesses the answer to this question is a resounding ‘no’, as according to recent research from insurance company AXA, “80% of businesses affected by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months”.

Recovery as a ServiceIf you don’t have the employee availability, space or the budget to create and maintain your own disaster recovery solution, a cloud computing provider can help.  Recovery as a Service and Backup as a Service allows companies to stay in control of their data, by enabling the provider to back up the company’s resources to a highly available off-site platform.

With Recovery as a Service, your organisation has more flexibility over traditional solutions, you can pick and choose what data is protected and how frequently each data server is transferred.

Through defining your Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO), working with the provider you can decide what level of service works best for you, whether it is real time replication of data to a secondary site, or backing up each server on an evening after close of play.

This type of solution often benefits small and medium size organisations the most, with larger businesses often opting to own all their equipment, transfer and house data internally. Disaster Recovery solutions via a cloud provider offers a low cost, secure entry into the service with a transparent pricing model. Recovery as a Service contracts are typically paid via a subscription service, where the business can decide to add servers to the contract when needed.

You must ensure that you select the right cloud platform and provider for your business. The provider needs to be aware of your IT strategy in order to ensure compatibility in the future, getting the right architecture and experienced provider is crucial.

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