At the Core
27 January 15

How Has Disaster Recovery Changed in the Cloud Computing Era?

In some way, shape or form, businesses have always had a need for disaster recovery solutions to help them remain operational. We all live in constant danger that an instance of severe weather or a tech malfunction might impede us from doing our work, and the best companies are those that plan ahead and make sure they can overcome any difficulties. But especially in recent years, the need for effective DR resources has only become more complicated.

We now live in an era in which cloud backup dominates the way we do business. Very few professionals bother with saving files locally on hard drives, anymore – instead, they store them online for easy access and collaboration.

This has accelerated the modern workday, but an intriguing question remains – how has the cloud era changed our approach to disaster recovery? Is it still as easy as ever to keep our important business documents safe and secure?

The move to relocate data
When it comes to keeping cloud data safe in the event of a disaster, the most important thing to consider is location. If your business is in San Francisco but your data is stashed offsite in Chicago, it's unlikely that both will be hit by the same earthquake at the same time.

"When it comes to keeping cloud data safe in the event of a disaster, the most important thing to consider is location."

According to Network World, the move to back up critical data remotely has been a major development in the cloud era. Richard Cocchiara, chief technical officer for business continuity and resiliency at IBM, says this trend is ongoing.

"Most large companies have some sort of a backup strategy, but more often than you might think we find companies who are not sending their data offsite or not sending it far enough offsite," Cocchiara noted. "When we ask if they have checked to see what potential regional issues they might have, sometimes they find some geological or weather or some other type of potential risk that would affect their ability to recover locally."

Saving files on tapes and shipping them away is the old way of doing things. Cloud backup offers the same security benefits with greater efficiency.

With cloud backup data, location is everything.With cloud backup data, location is everything.

Choosing the right provider
A few years ago, the big IT question organizations were facing was how to maintain their data. Now, the cloud is a given – but according to TechTarget, the new debate is about which provider to choose for optimal disaster protection. Jacob Gsoedl, the organization's corporate director for business systems, weighed in:

"Reliability of the cloud provider, its availability and its ability to serve your users while a disaster is in progress are other key considerations," Gsoedl explained. "The choice of a cloud service provider or managed service provider (MSP) that can deliver service within the agreed terms is essential, and while making a wrong choice may not land you in IT hell, it can easily put you in the doghouse or even get you fired."

In the cloud era, companies are looking for data storage solutions that offer them not just security, but speed and efficiency as well. If and when disaster strikes, you want your business to work better than ever.

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