A disaster is any type of unexpected event that disrupts your business’s IT workload. You can never know when a disaster will occur to your cloud infrastructure. You can, however, prepare a cloud disaster recovery plan that enables you to restore operations quickly if disaster does strike your cloud.
What Is Disaster Recovery?
Disaster recovery is the process of resuming normal operations following a disaster by regaining access to data, hardware, software, networking equipment, power, and connectivity. However, if your facilities are damaged or destroyed, activities may also extend to logistical considerations like finding alternate work locations, restoring communications, or sourcing anything from desks and computers to transportation for employees. Disaster recovery response should follow a disaster recovery plan. This is a documented process or set of procedures developed specifically to prepare the organisation to recover in the shortest possible time during a period of acute stress.
What is Cloud Disaster Recovery?
A cloud disaster recovery plan is one that makes use of a public cloud. Such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platforms, to back up data, applications, and other resources. If a disaster occurs, those resources can be restored from the cloud back to their original locations, whether those locations are on-premises infrastructure or in the cloud.
A disaster could be the result of a cyberattack that makes applications unavailable or it could be caused by the accidental deletion of data by one of your users.
You can’t know the exact nature of a cloud disaster until after it has occurred. You can, however, prepare a disaster recovery plan, which will help you to restore operations to normal quickly following a disaster.
Another way to describe cloud backup and disaster recovery is to call it offsite disaster recovery because your workloads are backed up to a remote site and can be recovered from there.
It’s important to note that a cloud disaster recovery plan can be used to back up and restore workloads that run on-premises as well as those hosted in the cloud. You don’t have to run your production systems in the cloud to take advantage of the cloud-based disaster recovery.
Why Use Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery?
A cloud disaster recovery plan provides several key benefits, as compared to other types of disaster recovery strategies:
It’s more scalable since you can easily increase the number of resources that you back up in the cloud by purchasing more cloud infrastructure capacity.
You can pay as you go. In other words, you pay for cloud disaster recovery infrastructure as you use it. There is no need to invest upfront in hardware or to pay for more infrastructure than you use at a given time.
Cloud-based disaster recovery makes it possible to leverage geographic redundancy features. This means that you can spread your backed-up resources across multiple geographic regions to maximize their availability, even if part of the cloud that you use fails.
Fast Cloud Recovery
Recovery from the cloud is fast because most cloud infrastructure offers high bandwidth and fast disk I/O.
Bluebell offer Disaster recovery services and disaster recovery planning. We can assist with ongoing IT strategy and identify areas of weakness which we can tackle together to give you peace of mind and protect your business in case of disaster.