5 More Myths of Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Unveiled

Start this year off right. We’re back with more myths that stop organizations from pursuing cloud-based solutions.

Myth #1: CLOUD DISASTER RECOVERY IS ONLY FOR DISASTERS

The term “Disaster Recovery” (DR) can be somewhat confusing for business leaders and fails to cover the scope of issues that can benefit from cloud-based backup-as-a-service. When business leaders and stakeholders hear a term like “disaster” they think in terms of floods, fires, wars, and perhaps large-scale hacking attacks. However, corrupted and deleted files and emails, non-working applications, and the occasional server or key machine crash can still have an impact on normal operations. In fact, less than 10% of service outages occur for reasons other than natural disasters. Human error is the most common to blame for data loss and server outage. Even though your organization is not in a flood zone; and even though the likelihood of an earthquake or war is small, even smaller service outages can have a negative impact on your organization, especially customer-facing and business-critical systems.

Myth #2: OUR ORGANISATION DOESN’T NEED A FORMAL DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTION

Many think that if a disaster hits their organization, the set-up isn’t that complicated and they can be online quickly without a formal disaster recovery solution. Although many people believe that most businesses recover fairly quickly after a service or other failure, cloud-based disaster recovery solutions allow organizations to be back online 3x faster and to recover a greater percentage of at-risk data than informal approaches to data recovery. Interruption of service, especially for an extended period due to natural disasters or very effective malicious attacks, should be taken seriously by every organization that depends on their online services for internal or customer-facing operations.

Myth #3: USER CONTROL IS LIMITED WITH CLOUD-BASED DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTIONS

Disaster recovery solutions, integrated as they necessarily are with backup functions, are much more than a black box to the user. Many services today offer customer service dashboards to allow your IT team, along with the CSP’s personnel, to track consumption, usage, and storage capacity in real-time, ensuring close oversight and prompt alerts in case of unusual activity. Log reporting on critical job tasks, including access to applications and backup & restore commands, can be recorded and archived to provide a log that users can examine. Moving storage, applications, and systems to the cloud does not take them out of your organization’s control – choose a CSP that gives you administrative access to all your data functions, just as if you were operating a data center on-site.

MYTH #4: CLOUD-BASED DISASTER RECOVERY IS EXPENSIVE

A full cost workup should be done comparing cloud-based DR to in-house infrastructure, software, personnel, maintenance, and full-time support expenditures, before evaluating cloud restoration service costs. Comparatively, cloud-based solutions are cost winners – and it’s important to remain focused on the long-term benefits. Investing in neither is an unjustifiable risk, and once your backup and disaster recovery solutions are in place, your data, applications, and system are protected, applications remain accessible to your internal and external users, and full restoration from the cloud is quick and barely noticeable.

Myth #5: CLOUD BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVER SOLUTIONS ARE NOT SECURE

CSPs have improved their security technology, and use a high level of authentication and encryption, and even among the experts, they have been able to raise the confidence level among critics and users. Your organization should always perform its due diligence in ensuring your CSP is reputable and well-resourced before you employ them, but these days cloud-based backup and disaster recovery vendors employ a grade of security that is often superior to what most organizations would have in an internal IT department.

Source: http://www.smartdatacollective.com/gunjantripathi/438609/debunking-top-ten-myths-cloud-based-disaster-recovery