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The Benefits of Cloud-Powered Disaster Recovery

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The first industrial revolution leveraged oil as the primary source of energy for advancements; correspondingly, the primary propellant for development in today’s digital revolution is data. With the growing integration of technology into companies around the globe, the emphasis on the storage, management, and security of data has increased exponentially. Today, the significance of data and the reputation damage that comes with its indiscreet use or protection has lead businesses to cautiously reconsider their data management and disaster recovery strategies. Initially, it was feasible to switch to a backup server to keep a business operational in case of a primary server failure. Now, the need for the collection, storage, and access to the continuous flow of data is paramount in the functioning of a business. Consequently, a focused approach to leveraging cloud-based tools in disaster recovery has the potential to generate business benefits by reducing downtime in the event of a natural or manmade catastrophe.

For instance, businesses that provide online services can lose revenue and cause customer annoyance if their service is knocked offline by a sudden influx of interest that causes a spike in the data flowing through the infrastructure. Cloud-powered disaster recovery ensures that business operations remain up and running while the system is restored. Cloud facilities outperform simple backup systems, as they not only secure a record of the data, but also offer a means to reboot the system’s operational capabilities. Apart from presenting a business with continued productivity, cloud-based disaster recovery also reinforces the reputation of the business with its customers and allows it to be more alluring over less reliable rivals.

The flexibility of cloud-powered disaster recovery permits computing and server resources to be scaled in tandem with traffic surges, allowing disaster recovery to become disaster prevention. However, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could hinder the flexible nature of a cloud-centric disaster recovery system by placing greater significance on the location of the data centers pertaining to EU citizens. Nevertheless, having data centers in close proximity to a company’s headquarters will ensure a reduction in the latency between the data and the users.

Disaster recovery may not be the most compelling use of the cloud, but it has the potential to transform an IT exercise into something that can strengthen a company’s growth and success even though the economic obstacles and stringent regulations.