Disaster Recovery Services: Ensuring Your Critical Data in the Cloud

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October left behind a mass of people without many of the necessities and comforts of everyday life. It cost over 65.6 billion dollars in damage, and robbed businesses in its path of their livelihood. Or did it? Those with cloud disaster recovery services have discovered the value of insuring their mission critical data through disaster recovery services in the cloud and have found themselves on more stable ground. 

Magtype/CR discovered the advantages of having disaster recovery services in the cloud during the storm. According to an interview with Enterprise Storage Forum, the company backed everything up to various clouds servers so that their customers could access their services despite the storm.

Disaster recovery is a collection of resources and activities to re-establish information technology services at an alternate site following a disruption of IT services. It is meant to act as a mechanism to protect your mission-critical data. It includes subsequent resumption and restoration of those operations at a more permanent site. A disaster recovery plan is a management-approved document that defines the resources, actions, tasks and data required to manage the technology recovery effort.

According to Vicky McKim, Master Business Continuity Professional and a member of the Business Continuity Institute, “even small regular outages affect the profits of a business and shake customer confidence. Longer or wider impact outages can take a business down. Every 24-hour outage a company has decreases their chance of survival by 50%. A three-day outage can close a business permanently.” McKim ended by saying that businesses should look into purchasing cloud disaster recovery services as soon as they open their doors or at the end of their current recovery contract commitments. 

It is beneficial to invest in disaster recovery services in the cloud because it is simple, manageable and cost effective. It can reduce the recurring monthly costs by over 80% depending on your current contracts for recovery and the amount of data you are backing up. By using disaster recovery services in the cloud, you are in control of the recovery strategy, management, testing and execution at time of disaster. You may access your cloud disaster recovery system through any device that can access the Internet. There are several other benefits, including:

      • Suspend your cloud recovery servers so you are only charged for the storage of your backup data
      • Ability to activate the servers to a live status only when you need to test or recover
      • No recovery contract for data center space that sits unused for most of each year when you use disaster recovery systems in the cloud
      • No costs for duplicate equipment
      • No support fees for testing your data backups other than the metered network
      • Server usage fees only for the hours the server is running

“Everyone [should have a disaster recovery plan],” says McKim, “[everyone] has electronic data that is valuable.” She further stated that “Statistically, those who have a business continuity management program in place that includes testing and maintaining their disaster recovery plans have increased their ability to survive even a catastrophic event by 90%.”

A business would never operate without insurance and cloud disaster recovery services are just that, insuring that you can still operate if there is an IT outage or your primary data access is disrupted. The expectation that services should always be available has dramatically increased in the last several years. Cloud is revolutionary in that it is cost-effective and acts as a utility in that you only pay for what you use. Based on our recent experience with a natural disaster, it has become more evident that there needs to be a geographically distant place for businesses to back up their data. Cloud computing solutions provide just this – a flexible and attainable solution for all businesses.