The emerging concept of cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) solution is rapidly gaining acceptance, especially with the small and medium business segments. When disaster strikes your online business from a disaster can be a herculean task which may never restore your business to its previous position. While disasters can hit large and small enterprises alike, disaster preparedness is something that only the large enterprises can invest into. The advent of cloud computing is changing that- there are economic, technical and security benefits for SMBs. Business continuity planning has become cheaper and easier with cloud based disaster recovery solutions. Experts in the field are now talking favourably of a disaster recovery plan in the cloud as there are distinct benefits like cost effectiveness and simplicity of deployment which are not offered by traditional DR solutions.
Low Cost DR: There is no capital investment in terms of procuring new servers and deploying a new DR solution- cost of ownership is next to none. The pay per use billing model allows you to create a customized DR solution that caters to your specific IT requirements without increasing the costs.
Faster Data Recovery
As the cloud is easily scalable, your data can be instantly replicated on multiple cloud servers in multiple locations. As the entire process is automated, you can set up a cloud environment within minutes.
Easy to Operate
Most cloud computing architectures are easily interoperable with your existing data storage devices, applications and softwares. There is not need to setup new and complex DR solutions.
You can access your cloud based DR solution through a browser based interface. You can monitor, test and modify your cloud DR solution as and when the need arises. At regular intervals you can keep checking your cloud DR deployment to see if it is disaster proof at all times.
When it comes to flexibility, cloud computing enables you to design your disaster recovery solution according to your users and business requirements. You can specify which data files and applications you want for different business departments, their locations, the RTO and RPO. As your business requirements change, you can change these settings as well.
However there are some things you need to watch out for like compliance, security and reliability of your cloud provider. Your cloud DR service will be only as good as the service provider.