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Lessons In Advanced Disaster Recovery
Today, an increasing number of businesses are turning to cloud based disaster recovery. The appeal of these solutions is that they provide the ability to restore key IT systems and data far more quickly than conventional strategies, which is crucial to achieving organizational productivity goals.
To meet these demands within the context of a realistic window, companies establish two recovery time objectives: one for operational issues that are specific to an individual environment (e.g., a server outage) and another for regional disasters (e.g., a fire). RTOs for operational issues are typically the most aggressive (0-4 hours). There tends to be a bit more leeway when dealing with disasters affecting a facility, but those standards should still ideally remain under 24 hours.
Cloud based solution’s centralized management capabilities allow the provider to assist with restoring not only data but an entire IT environment, including applications, operating systems and systems configurations. This service enables faster recovery times and eases the burden on in-house IT staff by eliminating the need to reconfigure your servers, PCs and other hardware when restoring data and applications. In addition, it allows employees to resume operations quickly, since you can access the environment from anywhere with a suitable Internet connection.
Scalability is another key benefit. According to recent surveys, the average amount of data in storage has grown from 215 to 285 terabytes from 2012-2015. To accommodate this storage growth, companies storing backups in physical servers have to purchase and configure additional servers. Unfortunately, increasing storage capacity can be hindered by companies’ shrinking storage budgets and, in some cases, lack of available rack space. Digital disaster recovery addresses this issue by allowing you to scale your storage space as needed. For some businesses, the solution is more cost-effective than dedicated on-premise data centers or co-location solutions, because cloud providers typically charge only for the capacity used. Redundant data elimination and compression maximize storage space and further minimize cost.
If you’re interested in exploring the future of disaster recovery strategies, contact us today! One of our team of experts will be happy to evaluate your needs, introduce our solutions, and lay out the options in a clear and concise manner. Our organization has helped companies of all sizes safeguard their hard earned success for over thirty years, and we look forward to continuing with that mission!