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How to use cloud-based disaster recovery tools to prepare for the worst

Janson Hoambrecker, Director of Cloud Disaster Recovery Services, EVault | Oct. 31, 2013
Four simple steps to help you use cloud-based disaster recovery options to ensure natural disasters result in only temporary set backs.

* Accessible, indestructible and guaranteed: A DR plan that's built solely on hardware requires one or more duplicate IT infrastructures off site so that your systems are available along with your data. Depending on its severity, a natural disaster can demolish an entire town and its surrounding areas. If your off site data center is precariously close to the main location your off site center could be affected too. When using a cloud-based DR solution, your systems will be accessible in an ironclad cloud and located far away from the primary site ensuring that it will not be impacted by the same disaster.

* Affordable: A cloud-based DR solution eliminates the need for you to invest in duplicate IT infrastructure offsite, significantly reducing your upfront and overall CAPEX. The usage-based, OPEX cost of cloud services means that customers only pay for what they need, allowing each business to determine which systems and data are critical for performance in the event of a disaster.

* Compliant: Nearly every industry has unique regulations and retention requirements for data protection. The tools that simplify managing and monitoring backup and recovery in the cloud help ensure requirements are being met. This is particularly relevant for privacy and record retention regulations, as cloud-based backup protection means that data is always secure throughout transmission, storage and access.

* Speedy and customizable: The recovery timeline for cloud-based storage depends on the client's needs and the service provider's capabilities. The cloud leverage virtualization and a multi-tenancy model, which decreases the hardware costs of preparing for disaster recovery, but also increases the efficiency and accuracy of recovering your data and your system. With data and systems safely protected in the cloud, they are fully accessible and recoverable 24/7/365 from anywhere in the world. The speed of your company's recovery depends on the SLA you choose.

There's no reason why your company should be added to the list of others that didn't survive a disaster. Get ahead of any situation through investing in a DR plan that fits your company's needs and that of your partners and customers. Doing so will ensure business continuity and peace of mind no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.


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