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Business disasters can strike at any time. Whether it’s an office fire that destroys your hardware, a flood which prevents you accessing your workplace, or a ransomware attack which encrypts your data – anything which brings your business to a halt can have a long-lasting impact on your profits and your reputation if you are unable to meet your customers’ needs. Recovering from these disasters quickly, and with no data loss can be the difference between your company surviving or going out of business.

Therefore, every business should have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place. Luckily, cloud computing has made disaster recovery more accessible than ever before, no matter what size your business is. Cloud disaster recovery services are also known as Disaster Recovery as a ServiceDisaster recovery as a service, or DRaaS, involves the replication of physical or virtual servers hosted by a third party to enable failover in the case of a business disaster.

We’re going to take a look at some of the ways the cloud is helping Carden IT deliver managed disaster recovery services to our clients.

Cloud Disaster Recovery Services Are Scalable

It can be a challenge to keep a standard disaster recovery plan up to date. This is especially true for growing businesses as their disaster recovery plans need to scale with them as they grow.

Because DRaaS is cloud-based, it if very easy to scale. When using cloud platforms, you only pay for what you use and so you can simply request extra cloud backup and recovery capacity as your requirements grow. There is no need to go through a time-consuming provisioning and implementation procedure for new hardware.

Disaster Recovery As A Service (DRaaS) Is More Flexible

Restoring data from a cloud DR backup is very flexible. You can restore individual files, folders, or drives rather than restoring an entire system. This allows you to restore your network in a smarter way, bringing the most business-critical elements back online first so you can get back to work ASAP.

Cloud Services Lead To Improved RPOs and RTOs

A disaster recovery plan which fails to meet its recovery point objective or recovery time objective isn’t particularly useful. However, the automatic failover ability of DRaaS means that both recovery windows are significantly narrowed, reducing downtime. To guarantee that your data is up to date, your cloud recovery site can be synchronised with your on-premises server. This provides a real time backup of your data.

The Cloud Has Reduced The Cost of Disaster Recovery

The expense of implementing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan might be prohibitive for many small businesses. Purchasing a second piece of hardware at a different location to replicate your data centre is required to create a standard backup and recovery solution. Testing the disaster recovery plan, just like performing a fire drill, can require downtime.

You can save money on upfront capital costs by using DRaaS. Instead of an upfront payment, you only pay a monthly fee to rent space on the cloud and the cloud service provider covers the costs of maintaining their data centres.

Cloud Disaster Recovery Plans Are Easier To Test

Cloud-based solutions make it possible to evaluate IT disaster recovery efforts on a regular and non-disruptive basis. This enables businesses to more precisely test their recovery point and recovery time objectives without and downtime.

Hopefully this has been a useful overview of how cloud computing can make your disaster recovery plans more reliable and easier to implement. For more information about Carden IT’s disaster recovery services and help devising your own disaster recovery plan to keep your business safe, speak to our team today.

Dave King

Author: Dave King

Dave King is the Co-Founder and Director of Carden IT Services and the wider Carden IT Group. Dave has over 18 years’ experience in business IT networks with a focus on IT consultation and disaster recovery planning/testing.

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