Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: 3 Benefits You Need To Know
When your business is hit by disasters or world changing events, it’s important to have a plan in place for how you will recover. Many businesses turn to the cloud to implement disaster recovery solutions and quickly mitigate against the unexpected.
Migrating to the cloud can bring benefits such as:
- Reduced downtime, and faster recovery time.
Big cloud providers like AWS and Azure are less likely to fail meaning disaster recovery in the cloud is more reliable. Public cloud providers like AWS have multiple data centers (Regions and Availability Zones) around the world, so your data and applications will be available even if one data center goes down. This results in reduced downtime and a faster recovery time.
- You're in control.
There are 4 broad DR strategies in AWS, ranging in complexity and cost. From simple back-ups to complex multi-site active/active approaches, you decide which strategy you want to use based on the needs of your workload and how much downtime it can sustain.
- Less exposed to energy market fluctuations.
When you use the cloud, you are less exposed to energy market fluctuations. This is because the cloud provider will manage and maintain your infrastructure for you, and will have their own agreements with energy providers on economies of scale private cloud and on-prem hosting centres cannot access. We have sadly seen some data centre providers, such as Sunguard, enter administration due to huge increases in their energy bills.
Other cloud benefits
- Sustainability: AWS is also committed to purchasing 100% of its energy via sustainable sources, meaning that your disaster recovery solution is also more environmentally friendly - and less exposed to oil market fluctuations.
- Flexible pricing: Cloud providers offer flexible pricing options, so you can choose the plan that best suits your needs, e.g. committing to spend over a fixed period can save you money. You can also adjust your plan as your business grows - well optimised cloud applications will scale as your business does so you only need to pay for what you’re actually using.
Learn more about cloud adoption and migration here, or download the one-pager.
If you'd like to speak to a member of the Cloudsoft Team about how the cloud can help your business with disaster recovery, get in touch! We would be happy to discuss your options.