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Streamlining Disaster Recovery For Digital Environments
Keeping a business running is one of the biggest challenges that both IT and management teams face. However, the pace of technological change is causing problems for both groups in different ways. For business leaders, the move to digital processes is opening up new types of risk for their enterprises, while IT teams within these companies are faced with ensuring that solutions keep up as opportunities arise.
Alongside this, business continuity has always been an expensive investment involving hardware, software licenses, and one or more offsite locations. Some applications and data need a full recovery implementation dedicated to them, while others only have data backed up. Organizations also need an archival plan as well, particularly if data sets include financial or personal information that has to be held for specific lengths of time to meet growing compliance and regulatory needs. The result of this is that business continuity is often fragmented and expensive to run.
The Evolution of Cloud Disaster Recovery
Cloud computing has been suggested as a solution for all kinds of IT problems. While there are some scenarios where the benefits of cloud vs. an existing on-premise option are less pronounced, cloud based disaster recovery continues to evolve rapidly. The issues with fragmented planning that affect traditional strategies can be dealt with in the cloud, reducing the technical challenges that plagued previous implementations considerably.
These opportunities can have a significant impact on reducing the cost of business continuity implementations. While traditional solutions have to consider the cost of hardware, dedicated internal support staff, and maintenance; cloud implementations can help teams avoid many of these expenses. While any disaster recovery implementation requires investment for customization and training, cloud based options can provide savings of around 75% according to research.
This approach of using the cloud as a storage platform can also help with archiving as well. Rather than running separate systems for disaster recovery and long term archiving, cloud based solutions can automate some of the workflow and management tasks around a single data source while still meeting the specific needs of each. For example, newly created data that might be needed for recovery purposes can be kept cached on site, while the cloud platform can support recovery in the event of a widespread failure.
For management teams, business continuity planning has been presented as a difficult and challenging investment, driven either by industry regulation or by fear. Cloud based solutions can take a lot of the cost and complexity elements out of the equation, with benefits that reach the bottom line. The Data Vault has been helping companies all of sizes manage their digital (and physical) data since 1984, and we’d love to talk about options and opportunities. Contact us today!