It’s just happened; a forklift has accidentally broken into a circuit breaker box, causing significant damage. What do you do? Your system is down and you don’t know how long it will be until everything is back up and running.
This isn’t the only instance where disasters test the mettle of IT Departments. All you have to do is look at natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, the Fukushima earthquake, or Hurricane Katrina to see that Business Continuity is critical. Between natural and human-related disasters, businesses of all sizes worry about how to protect their data. As a result, many businesses are looking to move their Disaster Recovery efforts to the Cloud.
Time to Consider Another Solution
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) shows that these Cloud Services have changed considerably over the traditional solutions. The problems with traditional Disaster Recovery Solutions have included:
- They can be difficult to budget
- They often require significant upfront capital for Software, Hardware & Networking Infrastructure, all of which is duplicated across multiple sites.
- They are expensive to scale.
- The multiple Infrastructures need maintenance and management, adding to the overhead costs.
From a business’ operational viewpoint, the total yearly cost of traditional IT Infrastructure, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery top the list of the drivers to Cloud Computing. Due to these costs and issues, an Aberdeen Group Study reported that eighty-one (81) percent of respondents have a Cloud Computing Plan in place. In addition, another six (6) percent are planning implementations.
When the majority of businesses believe that data loss is the greatest business disaster, the question becomes: are you prepared for a disaster? While you can predict a hurricane and other weather-related events and have back-up strategies in place, even more data losses come from human error. For example, a breaker is tripped on the floor of your data center or a backhoe causes damage to a fiber feed. Human error can also take the form of someone accidentally corrupting your data and having a failed recovery.
The Benefits of Moving to the
Today’s Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery comes with a range of benefits that help address the issues of human-based and natural disasters. These are easy to use and manage, especially because your chosen provider hosts and manages everything you have contracted them to do.
These also operate in virtualized environments, so you can scale them as required. This scalability gives you more Disaster Recovery options like VMware. There is also greater deployment flexibility and future-proofing in the event you experience an unexpected growth.
You will be able to move critical operations to the Cloud. This enables the Business to remain up and running during and after a disaster. Having your Disaster Recovery on the Cloud has a number of advantages regarding your budget. Among them are:
- A service that is a flexible, pay-as-you-go expense
- Eliminates large upfront costs on hardware
- Only pay for the amount used, much like a utility
- Can tweak how much is used
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