Source: Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council (2014 DR Benchmark Survey)
5 Benefits of Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Services Companies
#1 Much Cheaper than Traditional DR. The cloud computing revolution has led to a surge in disaster recovery (DR) services. Where once, only affordable to the largest companies, DR has now become financially viable for SMBs. The rise of server virtualization over the past decade has meant that disaster recovery is longer restricted to companies having to duplicate on-site. Servers at the DR site run hypervisors at remote sites where they can duplicate their company’s data and services in the cloud. In effect, this has significantly decreases a company’s DR overhead, while significantly increasing the speed at which their data can be backed up and restored.
#2 Simplification of DR Process. Cloud-based disaster recovery services or Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) have simplified the DR process and expensive overhead of having to employ experts to keep up with the latest changes or DR best practices.
#3 Improves DR Efficiency. Cloud computing has led to disaster recovery times being drastically reduced and facilitates multi-site availability – at a fraction of the cost of companies managing their own DR efforts. A company’s servers can be backed up to the cloud within a matter of minutes. Being that virtual servers are hardware independent – the operating system, applications, patches and data can safely and accurately be transferred from one data center to another without having to reload each component of the server.
#4 Flexibility. Cloud-based, pay-per-use DR services means that companies only pay for what they use during times of testing. In effect, cloud-based DR services dramatically reduces overhead costs and frees up budgets that could be used on key revenue-driving aspects of their business. In addition, DRaaS gives companies the power and control to choose when, where; the sequence and the types of data and applications they would like to have backed up in the event of a DR event.
#5 Security. With the amount of data breaches drastically rising over the past 5 years, it has become paramount for companies of all sizes to have a plan implemented to back their data up in multiple locations and quickly recoverable. According to Symantec’s 2015 Internet Security Report, the total number of data breaches increased by 32% in 2014 – this means an increase of 312 data breaches. However, in order for a company’s disaster recovery plan to be effective –frequent testing of their DR plan is imperative. A knowledgeable DR Service Provider will help ensure that a response is well thought-through to business continuity and minimize financial loss.
IPR offers a complete spectrum of disaster recovery (DR) solutions, ensuring that in the event of a disaster you will be able to recover your mission critical business data and services. To learn more about IPR’s comprehensive and flexible suite of disaster recovery services, visit our disaster recovery services page or call us today at 877.282.4873.