The increased prevalence and affordability of cloud computing has resulted in its utilization by companies in developing innovative solutions to risks they constantly face. One such risk is the disruption of business operations following a natural disaster. Companies with an onsite IT infrastructure often experience a delay in data recovery and restoration following a natural disaster.
With cloud computing, businesses are better able to manage and minimize any disruptions that may occur after a natural disaster. The use of cloud computing in disaster recovery management, otherwise known as disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), has increased in prevalence and is slated to have a compound annual growth rate of fifty-two percent by 2019.
Benefits of cloud computing in disaster recovery management:
- Data backup – Cloud computing allows for the creation of multiple backups at disparate geographical regions. This guards against data loss following a natural disaster at any singular location. It is, however, important to ensure that all backups are updated simultaneously to ensure that they are current.
- Telecommuting – Employees are sometimes unable to return to work after a disaster due to road damages/closures or damages sustained to a company's building; this can lead to a delay in the resumption of business operations. Cloud computing enables employees to work remotely from any location as they have access to the tools and data needed to perform their duties.
- Data prioritization – After a disaster, it is important that mission-critical data is restored as quickly as possible because this data has the most impact on a company's business. With cloud computing, some data can be designated as mission-critical and treated as such; it may be stored differently or more frequent backups can be made. During data recovery, mission-critical data should be the first set of data to be restored.
- Data recovery – Two key metrics that are important in a disaster recovery plan are Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). The RPO is the acceptable amount of data loss that will not impair a company's operations; this is used as a guide to how frequently data backups need to be made. The RTO is the maximum tolerable duration that a system or network can be down after a disaster. Cloud computing allows for optimal management of the RTO and RPO such that a company is compliant with its disaster plan recommendations.
- Cost – Cloud computing is a cheaper alternative to a traditional IT network infrastructure. Cloud computing takes away the expense incurred in the development and maintenance of a network infrastructure; this responsibility lies with the cloud service provider. This saves the company money in terms of personnel, real estate, as well as equipment.
- Scalability – One of the key advantages of cloud computing is its inherent scalability to meet a company's needs. With cloud computing, a company is able to back up its data as often as needed and store in as many locations as possible depending on its disaster response strategy. Cloud computing removes the space or storage limitations that are inherent in a physical network infrastructure.
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With over 2500 cloud customers and over 2000 sales partners, NewCloud Networks is one of the nation's top cloud service providers and have been in business for over 30 years. We offer several core cloud solutions from our unified platform such as ransomware protection and desktop as a service, among others.
One of the cloud solutions that we offer is cloud disaster recovery. With the increased frequency of natural disasters over the past several years, it is important to have a disaster recovery plan in place in the event that your business is impacted by a disaster. With our cloud disaster recovery solution, you can have your business up and running in no time after a disaster. Contact us today for more information about our cloud disaster recovery service