Disasters happen in all kinds of ways, and every disaster can have a catastrophic impact on a business if they are not prepared. Natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes and fires can destroy critical data and files. But not all disasters come from mother nature; accidental deletion and human error can also occur, on top of various cyberattacks like ransomware, phishing, malvertising and more. According to a report from Business Insider, 1 in 4 Small or Mid-size businesses won’t recover from a disaster, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were 14 natural disasters in the U.S. in 2018 and 2019 that resulted in losses exceeding $1 billion. Disasters can affect a business in many ways, from flooding to cyberattacks on servers, and much more. Below are five different types of disasters facing businesses today, and how to protect your data from them.
Cloud services provide technology solutions over the internet (or cloud) or via a dedicated network. Resources provided by third-party vendors include hardware and networking infrastructure, software, data storage, processing power, and memory which are delivered on-demand using a pay-per-use model.
Secondary storage refers to internal or external storage devices used to store non-critical and infrequently accessed data for long periods of time. It differs from primary storage e.g. RAM, cache, which stores data, applications, and instructions that are currently in use by the computer.
Cloud computing refers to the delivery of on-demand computing services including IT infrastructure, storage, network systems, and applications over the internet. Services are provided by a third-party vendor who handles the management and maintenance of the physical data centers where the cloud services live.
A recent O’Reilly survey shows that 25% of businesses plan to move all their applications to the cloud within the next year. More and more businesses are leveraging the many benefits of the cloud including cost savings, increased security, greater flexibility, and increased performance. But if you’ve decided to move your important business data and applications to the cloud, you should also have a comprehensive application migration testing strategy in place.
Cloud-based solutions have become an important part of IT for organizations as they ditch traditional server rooms for virtualized IT infrastructure. But many companies still need the security that comes with an on-site data center. Now, they’re looking at hybrid cloud technologies seeking to maximize the benefits of both the public and private cloud.
Gartner reports that global spending on cloud IT infrastructure is expected to reach $104 billion by 2024. This comes as more and more organizations leverage the benefits of the cloud including optimized IT costs, increased security, and reliability. In fact, over the last decade, many businesses have moved from physical on-site data centers to virtualized data center solutions as server virtualization has become an industry-standard practice.
Virtualization is a technology that creates abstract versions of physical resources traditionally bound to physical hardware. Resources can include desktop environments, servers, operating systems, storage, and networks. Virtualized environments are simple to manage and are a cost-effective way for small and medium-sized businesses to expand their IT infrastructure.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud-based service that delivers processing power, storage, and network infrastructure to businesses on an as-needed basis. It is a scalable alternative to a traditional data center that allows businesses to avoid the cost of provisioning and maintaining their own physical IT infrastructure.
Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cloud-based solution for deploying virtual desktops to end-users. The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is hosted by a third-party cloud provider who handles the deployment, management, and maintenance from their data center. Virtual desktops can be deployed to any location and various types of end-user devices.