Disaster is nothing but sudden disruption or mishap that occurs due to natural calamity, causing great damage to business or sometimes loss of life. It is a serious disruption on the functioning of the business involving resources like man, material, economic and environmental loss.

Because of the cost and complexity of disaster recovery till now, organizations did not give much attention to it and they did not find any good reason to benefit from it – until disaster occurs.

Now every organization realizes the importance of disaster management and incorporates a disaster recovery plan as part of their business management, which includes the guidelines and procedures needed to be followed in case of any catastrophic event and recovery from the situation. A well constructed and implemented step enables an organization to minimize the effect of disaster and helps in continuing its business unhindered.

For business continuity, every organization has its own recovery plan depending on its business type, organization size, security levels and business processes it is following. Business continuity planning should be easy to use, as according to one survey, 65% of the companies would not survive if they had to close down for a week or months. Since 2011, this number has been decreasing as most of the organizations have started opting for business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) as the most serious options.

Cloud Based Recovery for Business Continuity

In case of any failure or abnormal termination of active system, application etc, cloud based recovery provides continuity of services by providing automatic failover facility so one can save their files, data or application because it is available in the cloud. Workloads can failback to their original location once the crisis is over.

Disaster Recovery Services

 

Reduce the Cost and Overheads

An organization eliminates the need for hardware at the disaster recovery (DR) site by running a hypervisor (Virtual machine manager) program in the cloud as it allows operating systems to share a single hardware host. This looks like every operating system has its own processor, memory and all other resources which can help it eliminate the need for extra cost, on-site staff expertise and overheads. Recovery plans are centralized and automatic so anybody can execute easily within few minutes.

Pay-Per-Use Model

Nowadays, Disaster recovery using cloud computing has moved one step further; now there is no need for dedicated hardware and remote location server for disaster recovery. Pay-Per-Use model allows the organization to pay only when it needs it thereby completely removes the monthly charge payment system.

Total Data Protection

Data protection using Cloud based disaster management does not only mean having a second copy of data offsite. It is also a complete restoration where organizations can run entire applications and use data and other services without disturbance in the continuity of their business in case of any disaster.

Fast and Agile Option

One can start, run or test any application fast without putting much effort, time and human intervention using cloud based disaster recovery solution.

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Provides Hardware Independent Plan

In the conventional data recovery approach, servers need to be loaded with operating systems and application software before the data can be restored but the cloud server or virtual server hosting is a hardware independent, operating system, wherein application and data can be safely transferred from one data center to another without losing any information and burden of reloading each component of the server. It takes only few minutes to backup the whole server on a virtual host resulting in reduction of recovery time drastically.

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Provides the Affordable Solution

Earlier, storing data in a secondary data center was possible for big organizations only but Cloud based storing data is a safer option as one can avoid the risk of data and information loss in case of any calamity. It is an affordable option for small and medium sized organizations that can easily afford to use cloud based disaster recovery plan without using extra money and IT staff. They simply copy their on-site server to a remote-site and failover in case of disaster or calamity.

According to IDC (Interactive Data Corporation), backup and recovery service will account for $1.023 billion by 2018 while Gartner Inc, an American research and advisory firm, predicts that by 2020, 90% of disaster recovery (DR) operations will run in the cloud.