Why Geography Matters in Cloud Backup

How do you ensure your data is available even after a disaster?  Could your business survive something as common as a lightning strike?  Everyday disasters are always lurking around the corner, and without being prepared, you risk total data loss.  Google’s Belgium data center experienced an electrical storm on August 13th.  Lightning strikes resulted in a brief loss of power and a significant loss of hard drives.  Fortunately for Google and many similar cloud providers such as Microsoft and Datto, virtually no data loss was experienced due to constant replication of data on duplicate systems and in geographically discrete locations around the world. 

Lightning strikes are common around the world.  When a storm passes by your business, will a lightning strike destroy your hardware, taking all of your data with it?  Do you rely on a single nearby colocation facility that is experiencing the same weather your primary business location is experiencing?  Or, is your data replicated to geographically discrete locations using cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365 and iCorps’ Guardian Cloud Continuity?  Among the many benefits of moving to the cloud is built in disaster recovery capabilities.  When you use a service that replicates your data securely to multiple data centers in diverse locations you can have confidence in the secure redundancy of your backups.

This is important for reasons well beyond lightning.  If your main office is in Boston and your data is replicated only to an office in New York, a large storm on the East Coast has the potential to cause disasters in both locations at the same time.  Being geographically discrete means not just different locations, but different types of locations.  For example, a mountainous area in the center of a continent is geographically discrete from a low-lying coastal city, and provides assurances that no one event will impact both locations simultaneously.  Microsoft’s Office 365 and iCorps’ Guardian employ multiple data centers around the United States, providing assurance that your data will still be accessible after the next lightning strike, next super storm, next faulty sprinkler system, next fire, or next failed hard drive.

For more information to prepare you for a disaster, download iCorps '10 Disaster Preparedness Tips for Businesses' white paper.

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