How does Disaster Recovery work with cloud computing?

cloud Disaster Recovery

Data is at the core of almost every business decision, having a major impact on corporate performance and business health. Loss of valuable data can therefore immediately affect decision-making, potentially damaging productivity, revenue and reputation.

The importance of Disaster Recovery services

Disaster Recovery (DR) is a type of planning that enables companies to recover infrastructure and systems following a disaster. A well-rehearsed strategy can ensure Business Continuity by restoring critical business functions, even covering rare or extreme circumstances.

A study of over 500 UK businesses, conducted by Beaming, found nearly 50% of UK businesses risk losing critical data and nearly 4 million companies put their very existence in danger by having inadequate backup strategies.

What are the most common causes of data loss?

Data loss is not always the result of a sophisticated cyber-attack. Businesses can struggle to recover from a variety of disasters, such as:

  • Hardware or system malfunction
  • Human errors, such as accidental deletion or misfiling
  • Software crashes
  • Malware virus infections
  • Software corruption
  • Virus attacks
  • Fire accidents

Cloud vs On Premise

Disaster Recovery, in the traditional sense, involves building a physical DR site, whilst regular maintenance and support are essential to maximise protection, meaning it can prove to be a rather costly and resource-intensive method. According to IDG research, 77 per cent of CIOs say they wish to reduce the overall costs of DR solutions, and many are looking to Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) providers to do so. An advantage of conventional DR is that it provides you with maximum privacy for your data, as no third parties are involved.

With cloud-based DRaaS, many elements of backups and DR can be automated, requiring considerably less maintenance. Whether your cloud environment is private, public or hybrid, a detailed DR strategy is a must, covering infrastructure, potential threats, vulnerabilities, critical assets and the order of recovery. Cloud-based DRaaS also gives you control over when your backups take place and they can be set to replicate as frequently as needed. You pay based on your compute usage, and there is no onsite hardware or building costs.

Prepare for the worst with confidence

To create an effective DR and resiliency plan, it’s essential to investigate your existing infrastructure for threats, risks and vulnerabilities, whilst recognising your most critical business functions. You must also consider the costs of downtime so you can create a strategy that enables you to quickly and reliably recover IT infrastructure and processes as per your RTO/RPO needs, lessening the threat and impact of outage.

With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Blue Chip’s seasoned Disaster Recovery experts deliver robust SLAs, so you know what to expect in the event of a disaster. With specialists in DR, cloud, hardware, networks, applications and infrastructure, Blue Chip can configure and construct architecture to match the needs of your business, whilst enabling you to become more efficient and agile.

Blue Chip’s DRaaS solutions

In this ever-changing world, just a few seconds of downtime can have a damaging effect on revenue, reputation and customer retention. By working with you to respond to IT complexities across all cloud and on premises resources, Blue Chip can help improve your ability to respond and recover from disruptive or disastrous events, minimising economic impact.

We also offer support for a wide range of operating systems, including IBM i, AIX, Linux and Windows, whilst supporting your x86 and AMD hardware, along with storage, network, private and public cloud environments.

A carefully coordinated approach

With a combination of our Backend as a Service (BaaS), DRaaS and recovery centres working in perfect harmony, Blue Chip can ensure your recovery strategy and processes are as smooth and seamless as possible, whilst being coordinated in the best possible way.

If you’re looking to reduce costs, increase agility and maximise uptime, we can meet your needs with a completely personalised, proactive and cost-effective service, making your IT work harder and smarter for your business.

To learn more about our team, our services or to tell us about your current infrastructure and causes for concern, please call us today on +44 (0)1234 224400 or send us a message and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs as soon as possible.

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