Why disaster recovery in the cloud makes sense

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As data increase, disaster recovery planning is critical to meet the challenges on how to manage, store, and back up this information. Leveraging a cloud-based solution offers scalability without the concern of wasted funds and under-utilization.

How fast is data in the digital universe growing?

With data doubling every two years, it's projected that by 2020, the digital universe—the data we create and store—will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes.1This growing data creates challenges with how to manage, store, and back up this information. IT organizations must capture and store data, ensure business continuity in the event of a catastrophe, and manage costs. Disaster recovery (DR) planning is not an easy initiative.

Key concerns for DR and backup

When confronted with this challenge, organizations must take into consideration key elements like security, compliance, reliability, multi-geographic locations, and more. They must choose a solution that meets these challenges but also stays within their budget which, in many cases, they are being asked to reduce.

These drivers are causing many organizations to turn to a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) strategy. Cloud computing delivers faster recovery times and offers multi-geo locations at a fraction of the cost of conventional on-premises DR. Because virtual servers are hardware independent, applications, OS, patches and data can be quickly transferred from one data location to another without the need to reload each component of the server.

How does cloud provider ensure my data is backed up?

With the major cloud providers offering multiple and widely geographically disbursed location choices, your DR cannot only reside in a geo that is far from your own data center for failover, but can also have an added layer of protection with the cloud provider being able to fail over to any of their other geo locations to offer even more protection for your business.

How does DR in the cloud save money?

DR in the cloud has solid benefits over traditional on-premises solutions. It offers financial savings with its pay-as-you-go model, allowing you flexibility to grow as needed on-demand as opposed to having to plan and pay for capacity in advance. This helps keep the total cost of ownership low. Your CapEx spend shifts to OpEx for more predictable spending and there is no need for up front investments in hardware and software. This really resonates with small and medium businesses who cannot afford to set up DR in their own data centers.

Things to remember

Leveraging a cloud-based solution offers scalability to grow dynamically as the business demands without having to worry about wasted funds and underutilization. With the right provider, security can be as secure, or even more secure, than an on-premises. Finally, fail over to multiple geo locations can give added confidence that your business can stay running in the event of an unplanned outage or disaster.

Rapidly growing amounts of data and the need to manage, store, and back up that data are presenting increased challenges for organizations. Intensified requirements around data security and compliance further fuel the need for a reliable, secure business continuity plans. These drivers along with the increased pressure to reduce TCO have more organizations choosing a cloud-based over traditional on premises solution for their disaster recovery and backup needs.


1 The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things, IDC

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