Are you prepared for a disaster that affects your data infrastructure? The lost time and money caused by a data disaster—from natural disasters to user errors—can be more than many businesses and organizations can handle. The problem is that disaster recovery has traditionally been time-consuming and expensive. While most large businesses have access to massive datacenters and have experts on staff to create their own disaster recovery plan, most small- and medium-sized businesses don’t have such capabilities. But with the advent of cloud computing, including the possibility of hybrid cloud arrangements, disaster recovery is faster and more affordable than ever. If you’re still not sure about taking the leap to the cloud, just think about these five reasons to consider cloud disaster recovery.
1. Cloud Disaster Recovery is Easier than You Think
It’s easier than ever to protect your precious data from potential disasters that could leave your business with an unacceptable amount of downtime. While disaster recovery used to be a complex process requiring specialized knowledge and hardware, you can now use an automated process to recover or replicate your data safely and securely in the cloud following a disaster. So if you’re worried about the time and complexity of implementing a disaster recovery plan, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
2. The Environment is Simpler to Navigate
Not only is it easier to implement a cloud disaster recovery solution compared to traditional disaster recovery planning, the environment is also easier to navigate. Your IT team won’t have to learn a whole new set of processes, skill sets and tools—the environment should be familiar and intuitively designed, so you can protect your data without any nuisance. It won’t take special training and you won’t have to hire a new IT expert to manage it. What could be simpler?
3. The Cost is Lower than Traditional Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery has traditionally been an expensive undertaking, leaving some businesses with a decision to protect only their most important data and leave the rest susceptible to the ravages of unexpected disasters. Of course, no one should be forced into that position. And with cloud disaster recovery you won’t be. Thanks to the flexibility of cloud disaster recovery subscription options, you can avoid paying for security measures you don’t need.
4. You Can Manage Your Disaster Recovery More Consistently
It used to be that companies had to put a lot of time, effort, money and training into the maintenance of their disaster recovery solutions. For some organizations, this made disaster recovery out of reach. With cloud disaster recovery, though, your administrators and IT team can manage your hybrid cloud disaster recovery system through a single interface that everyone is familiar with. The result is a more consistent and comfortable disaster recovery system that is accessible every time of day or night, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
5. You Have More Control Over Your Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
While organizations used to be at the mercy of their service providers when testing and implementing a disaster recovery solution, there are now more self-service options in the cloud that give you more control over your disaster recovery plan. Your team gets to decide what to protect and when, with customized recovery point objectives. And all this control comes at a lower price than the inflexible solutions that were traditionally available before cloud computing came along. A solution that provides more control will inevitably be a solution that works for you instead of against you.
After considering the above five reasons to consider cloud disaster recovery, it should be clear that this is an ideal solution for small- and medium-sized businesses with critical data to protect. If you aren’t sure where to begin, experts are waiting to help you make the move to a cloud or hybrid cloud environment. Consultancy firms offer a variety of cloud consulting services to help businesses make this move, including cloud disaster recovery solutions that truly make this process as easy as it sounds. Data is one of our most valuable assets in the information age, and there is no excuse not to protect it by safeguarding it.
Advisory Services Staff Writer
One of Paragon's thought leadership staff writers in the Advisory Services Practice