As a business owner, ensuring your organization can survive a crisis should be top of mind for you. That should hold true whether the crisis is internal (the actions of a malicious or disgruntled employee), or external (such as a cyber attack or natural disaster). There’s a good chance you’ve already thought about disaster recovery and business continuity in some capacity.
But have you considered how the cloud slots into all that?
We mentioned in a previous post of ours that the cloud’s greatest strength is its ability to provide on-demand infrastructure. It’s a trait which makes it ideal for both data backups and failover. By incorporating cloud DR into your business continuity plans, you can ensure that even if something takes your entire organization offline, you won’t remain that way for long.
Imagine, for example, that one of your servers has suffered a critical hardware failure. With the right cloud DR platform, you can restore it with relative ease. Depending on what solution you use, you could even spin up a temporary cloud server to replace your downed hardware until you can fix the problem.
Of course, if you’re solely reliant on that server for data storage, the cloud can help you in that regard, as well. You’ll have immediate access to an automated backup of all critical data, which will remain available to you regardless of what happens to the original copies. Let’s give another example – picture a server that’s been infected with ransomware.
Without a cloud DR solution, you could be in trouble – that ransomware could easily infect your onsite backups. If you’ve multiple backups stored in the cloud, however, you can immediately air-gap and disable the infected systems, restoring the compromised data with ease.
And you can achieve all of this without having to invest in additional redundant hardware or servers. Sounds pretty excellent, right? What’s the catch?
Truth be told, there isn’t one. It used to be that the cloud was less secure than other, more traditional methods, but this is no longer the case. It hasn’t been for quite some time.
The only real drawback here is that a cloud DR platform might get a little costly if you’re operating a larger enterprise. I’m talking about the kind of business with its own extensive IT infrastructure – one that operates its own data centers, for instance. Even then, the cloud can serve as a sound investment if you use it intelligently (and sparingly).
As it turns out, Liberty Center One offers something for both camps. For smaller organizations, we’ve got our powerful Cloud Recovery service, which can feature either on-demand virtual recovery or mirrored recovery. For large enterprises, we offer colocation services that can serve as a setup for a more extensive DR system.
Contact us today to learn more – we look forward to hearing from you.