Cloud backup allows systems to be recalled from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Cloud backup ideal for disaster recovery

Stephen Perkins

The idea of keeping redundancies of sensitive data and essential systems should hopefully not be a new one for enterprises. Even before the digital world was turned on its ear by the consumerization of information technology, servers still could fail through interrupted power connections or harmful programming. 

First, it was all done onsite. Punch cards and magnetic tape backups were the standards up until the late '80s, when hard drives became the new standard. Common sense would seem to dictate that organizations should be able to cheaply and effectively continue storing their redundancies in this way. But over time, businesses have realized that the uncertain nature of fire, flooding, tornadoes and other natural disasters means that even if these backups are up to date – which they have a tendency not to be – there are still many situations where they could be rendered inaccessible, or worse – completely destroyed.

This is how offsite backup came to be popular. By entrusting maintenance to qualified professionals, organizations have been able to rest a little easier knowing that their redundancies are in check. But now, new technology is making offsite backup alone not as effective as it could be. Taking these same services and gearing them toward the cloud means that not only are backups properly managed, but they can be called upon at a moment's notice.

Cloud backup becoming increasingly viable for disaster recovery
Today's enterprise technology landscape cannot ignore the elephant in the room. Cloud computing has pervaded many aspects of business productivity, and it shows no signs of relenting.

"The reality is, you can't have a conversation about IT modernization without talking about the cloud," said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Jason Buffington. "We're going to continue to see that. That's only going to continue to grow."

According to TechTarget contributor Ed Hannan, effective disaster recovery can be facilitated by the cloud. Should an office be rendered uninhabitable or even totally wiped off the map, system settings and valuable documents can be redirected to temporary worksites. Marrying the cloud with remote backup procedures is not only convenient for those who need these tools to perform their daily tasks, but it can also save companies thousands – if not millions – of dollars by reducing downtime. Once the initial challenge of redirecting employees and booting up the system in a new location has been overcome, business will be able to continue as usual until permanent solutions are put into place.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup