Cloud Computing has Transformed Disaster Recovery
The transition to cloud computing has already changed the way we do business. It has dramatically altered the time and resources necessary to operate an effective IT environment. Companies of every size are discovering that cloud computing is flexible and allows rapid expansion as the needs of a business grow. More important, it has revolutionized disaster recovery planning by cutting down on the costs of such plans. Cloud computing makes recovery faster overall, adding the convenience of quickly bringing alternative sites online.
Simplified Storage Backup
Organizations use cloud computing to back up the entire server. Everything from the operating system to applications and data can be backed up. The entire server is held virtually where it can be copied to an off-site data center, then backed up to a virtual host. This virtual server is completely independent of hardware. Therefore, transfers are fast, secure and completely accurate. Whereas traditional disaster recovery required all programs and data to be reloaded, cloud computing does not. Recovery times are shorter for significant cost savings.
In addition, most data centers are now including cloud computing services for customers. This allows a simplified method of returning a single office or multiple business sites to operation. When resources are limited, it is possible to reduce or eliminate less important applications. Data centers can run the data restoration process. This allows a company’s full energy to be directed towards running its core business.
The critical path to recovery after a disaster changes dramatically with cloud computing. The primary focus becomes recreation of the production network, which includes firewall rules, IP address mapping and VLAN configuration. Therefore, specialists at data centers are not only replicating servers for disaster recovery. They are also ensuring the network configuration is replicated in a way that it can recover as quickly as the servers backed up by cloud computing.
It is not hard for most business owners to see the benefits of cloud computing. The prospect of making the transition can be overwhelming, however. The first step is determining whether to keep the cloud in-house or to outsource to a data center. There are two primary issues to consider. First, is there enough in-house expertise to take the company smoothly through the transition? Second, does it make sense to devote resources to keeping this project in-house? Many decide that it makes more sense to focus on core business activities. They outsource to a data center that already has the knowledge and experience necessary to keep the virtual server secure. Data centers’ expert staff and technicians do the work to transition a company’s data system to the cloud. This is often much more cost-effective than trying to manage the transition in-house.
No business can afford a lapse in having a workable disaster recovery plan. It is critical for resumption of operations after the disaster event has passed. Data centers can offer a variety of services that make staying operational possible in the face of data loss.
Gloria Philips is a content writer and guest blogger. She has in-depth knowledge about replicating servers for disaster recovery and loves to write on various topics.