10 Jan 2012

Disaster Recovery services move to the cloud

One of the long-time problems with disaster recovery solutions has been testing them. Many businesses have simply had to rely on assumptions that their regimes will work in the event of a disaster.

With the advent of new cloud technologies, however, this situation has changed.

Indeed, one of the most valuable features of emerging cloud-based disaster recovery solutions is that they can be tested without disrupting your business processes – allowing you to be certain that your disaster protection works.

Other benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery, or ‘DR to the cloud’, include:

  • Lower costs. In the past, a significant cost of DR solutions was the necessary failover infrastructure, the need for which is eliminated when the cloud is brought into play. With the cloud, DR can also be funded as an operational rather than a capital expense.
  • Rapid recovery. The faster your business can recover from a disaster, the less likely your customers are to go elsewhere. DR to the cloud allows for fast recovery times of anywhere between 15 minutes to 24 hours.
  • Reliable and easy deployment. DR to the cloud can be deployed alongside existing backup solutions and run in tandem, with network traffic separated from production systems. With IDC estimating that 30% of tape backups are either incomplete or corrupt, DR to the cloud will also deliver better reliability than the majority of tape-based regimes.

At Brennan IT, our DR to the cloud solution also offers stringent service-level agreements, utilising our high-speed, high-redundancy cloud platform.

If you’ve not considered a DR solution before, or think you could save on the cost of your current one – contact us today.

Ken Jeffreys is CTO, Brennan IT

*This article features in the January 2012 edition of the voice – click here for all the other articles*