Why do I need a cloud data recovery plan?
Most companies understand why having a data recovery plan is essential for business continuity and ensuring unceasing operations. Many of these companies learned the hard way, while others possessed the foresight to prepare for unexpected disasters. If you’re researching reasons for why your business should implement a data recovery plan — specifically a cloud data recovery plan — then you’ve already made the first step toward protecting your critical data and company assets. It’s all part of that “foresight” we were talking about!
What is a data recovery plan?
Essentially, the phrase “data recovery” refers to any process that allows you to recall or restore data from any means of storage after a disaster or data loss. Basically, if something gets deleted from your computer by accident, because of a virus, or because of sudden power loss for example, a data recovery plan establishes procedures for retrieving those lost files from backup devices or servers. Data recovery plans also account for damaged or destroyed devices by duplicating files and storing them in an off-site server or other protected devices.
A cloud data recovery plan, however, is a unique method of data recovery that utilizes off-site servers and cloud services to back up and store your company data. The cloud can be accessed from virtually any internet connected device, allowing for a convenient data-sharing and retrieval solution.
But why would you choose a cloud data recovery plan over other traditional or on-site data recovery methods?
You’ll no longer need physical hardware for backups
Probably the most obvious benefit of utilizing cloud data solutions is that it eliminates the need for physical hard drives and servers. Not only can cloud data solutions save money for your business since you won’t need to purchase hardware, you can also free up some space in that cramped office. Furthermore, data backups can be performed in real time on the cloud, so you don’t have to put in nearly the same amount of effort that you would with physical, on-site data backups.
Small data sets can be recovered faster
Recovering specific sets of data from cloud storage operates much faster than recovering data from tape, for example. When recovering data from physical or hardware-based backups, the process of locating, isolating, copying, and replacing data is essentially streamlined. Plus, cloud data recovery doesn’t require physically transporting data or hard drives from an off-site office.
A cloud data recovery solution can scale with your company’s growth
Cloud data recovery solutions usually offer pay-as-you-go services, which is typically much easier than the procurement and setup of other backup methods. Cloud data storage capacity can scale with the growth of your company, which allows for easy, predictable management and costs.
There are many more reasons to choose a cloud data recovery plan for your company, and we’d love to discuss the pros and cons of cloud services for your specific business. If you’re thinking about establishing a cloud data recovery plan for your business, contact Solution One today.