Disaster recovery and protection in the Cloud

Disaster recovery and protection in the Cloud

Businesses that do not move their data to the cloud with a hosted service provider may be missing out on the value of disaster recovery and protection in the cloud.

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We recently published a blog post in which Force Majeure events are listed as one of the top factors to consider in a service level agreement.  This is because disaster recovery and protection is one of the main benefits businesses stand to receive by moving their business data to the cloud.  On-premises systems and internal IT teams in most cases can not provide the level of redundancy needed to protect against natural disasters. 

So for organizations that choose to move their data to the cloud, disaster recovery and protection is essential factor in return on investment  analysis.  Decision makers should have a clear understanding of who is liable in the event of a disaster and how their company’s data is protected before choosing a cloud services provider. 

You never know when disaster is going to strike, and cloud hosting services provide the most sophisticated back-up and restore procedures and multiple redundant data centers in seprate locations, so if one happens to be in the wrong spot at the wrong time, your business data remains safe in other server locations.

In fact, regardless of the type of disaster, the cloud is the safest place for your data, according to a recent article at Microsoft for Work that looks at a few scenarios that cloud protects against including fires, earthquakes and weather.

“Traditional data centers are built strong to protect against natural disasters, but when it comes time for your data to evacuate, it needs to have somewhere to go. The cloud offers that protection with multiple levels of redundancy across the world, so your data will survive even if one location is hit or damaged,” said the Microsoft article.

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