Businesses improve continuity planning with cloud storage

Organisations are beginning to place heavier emphasis on disaster recovery and backing up their information in order to ensure business continuity even in suboptimal conditions. For years, companies have used tapes and similar devices to preserve mission-critical data, however, with emerging technology, this method is quickly becoming antiquated. Cloud storage has emerged as a potential option for restoration support, but many organisations continue to use tape to supplement any potential areas that are missed.

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a blackout or some other disruption, businesses must ensure that their vital information is kept in an easily accessible form in order to reduce downtime and profit loss. InfoWorld’s Matt Prigge posed two backup scenarios using tape and cloud solutions, noting that there are some areas where cloud will excel and others that give tape the advantage. For example, tape is overall less expensive than a cloud solution. However, cloud has significant advantages like the ability to get the systems back up immediately without needing a physical copy of the data and automation of the backup to ensure constant recording of up-to-date information.

“It depends on whether you have lots of data that changes, which increases the amount of data that must be transmitted each time, perhaps to the point of unaffordability or impossibility for your available Internet connections,” Prigge wrote. “And that depends on what you’re backing up how you manage it.’

Using cloud for business recovery

Developing security to handle threatening situations can be difficult to enact but with cloud servers
, the restoration process is simplified. The Guardian noted that businesses are taking in data at a rapidly increasing rate, making it necessary to have a flexible solution for data protection. The cloud has numerous advantages, including scalability and the ability to better adapt to emerging needs. While businesses are getting used to the cloud, they still have a number of concerns to address in order to use the system effectively.

With any cloud hosting solution, organisations must first consider the potential risks that they are taking with the system. For many companies, the biggest fear is losing control, meaning that data security, software management and service reliability are put at stake if not run effectively, according to Network World contributor Piyush Pant. One of the recommendations that Pant made is to have a regular backup process for important cloud-based assets, reinforcing the idea that having information reserved in additional safe locations will drive a more successful continuity strategy.

“By strengthening IT governance processes and establishing reliable controls, businesses can derive real competitive advantages from cloud solutions,” Pant wrote. “The focus of any decision should be a checklist driven analysis of controls as opposed to a general feeling of risk, which is likely to deprive the organization of competitive advantages and the benefits of being able to rapidly incorporate best of breed capabilities into the business.”

Cloud hosting has become a significant part of ensuring that businesses stay on their feet. By using storage services, businesses can backup and actively host all of their important resources.