Cloud Backup: Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected

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safe Guest Post By Sharon Florentine

If you’re not using the cloud for your backups, you’re asking for trouble. As Jeff Vance, writing for says, Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami, and Superstorm Sandy brought the vulnerabilities of local-only backups into stark relief. Even relying on regional backup isn’t a solution, as Sandy proved by devastating much of the northeast United States, Vance said.

Fail To Meet Challenges

“Traditional backup methods fail to meet the challenges of how knowledge workers complete their work today,” Vance said. And, he adds, “the top cloud providers often do a heck of a lot more to protect data than the typical enterprise.”

Cloud storage offers affordable, secure and reliable means for organizations of any size to have a high-end backup solution at the ready.

Traditionally, enterprises used either “cold site” backups, where data and files were copied and stored in an offsite location until recovery was necessary. Cold-site backup was affordable, but was complicated, and restorations were often time consuming. “Hot site” backup and recovery, in which data was replicated and available for recovery in real-time, was a much more desirable option, but was expensive. Now, with the cloud, “warm site” disaster recovery becomes an incredibly cost effective option, and can reduce recovery times, since backups can be spun up and accessible in minutes, according to backup and recovery solution provider Online Tech.

Disaster Recovery

“One of the most exciting capabilities of disaster recovery in the cloud is the ability to deliver multi-site availability through storage area network (SAN) replication. In other words, organizations can copy their entire SAN and keep it running as a backup, in real-time, in the event of a disaster. SAN replication not only provides rapid failover to the disaster recovery site, but also the capability to return to the production site when the DR test or disaster event is over,” according to Online Tech.

And, with cloud-based backup and disaster recovery, your organization can fine-tune the costs and performance for the DR platform. Less critical applications, servers, and data can be given a lower priority for recovery in the event of a disaster, giving more resources to mission-critical applications that must be kept running.

The cloud is one of the most revolutionary advances in backup and recovery technology. If you’re not backing up to the cloud, you should be prepared to kiss your mission-critical data goodbye.

Biog: Sharon Florentine is a freelance writer who covers everything from data center technology to holistic veterinary care and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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