Options for Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud computing has opened up new ways to approach a great many traditional business needs.  Among these is disaster recovery – but organizations should be aware that there is more than one-way in which to leverage cloud resources in order to perform this essential function.

Restoring From Cloud Back Ups

In this model, businesses retain their own applications and data on site in local networks and systems, but all data is backed up on a regular basis onto cloud resources.  This gives the business a duplicate set of data available for disaster recovery – and significantly, since such data is being stored remotely, there is an excellent chance that a local disaster such as an earthquake will not damage both the primary and secondary sets of data simultaneously. 

Using the cloud to back up data is simple to achieve, with many vendors marketing tools to assist in the process. 

Managed Services with Cloud Backup

More and more businesses are availing themselves of this option, which involves placing the original production of data as well as the backup copies of that data onto the cloud.  Contracting with a managed services provider is essential in this model, which has been shown to reduce the costs of using computer infrastructure since so much of it is outsourced to an IT company that can take advantages of economies of scale by serving more than one business at a time.

Uninterrupted service is a must in this approach.  Businesses negotiate terms of service in a document generally referred to as an SLA (service level agreement).

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