Although the most reliable businesses attempt to prevent disasters rather than react to them, it is inevitable that disruption will hit your organisation at some point. Data loss is one of the most damaging incidents that can occur to a business, possibly leading to both reputational damage and regulatory fines.
In the past, recovering data was a time-consuming and challenging task, but the adoption of cloud computing has made the process significantly easier. That being said, there are a number of different approaches to cloud based recovery, so we’ve listed five of the most effective below.
Make sure your data is backed up
It may sound obvious, but before you can recover your data on the cloud, you must first have a cloud backup strategy in place. Cloud computing is now used for a variety of services, ranging from hosting single applications to entire business infrastructures. As a result, businesses should not simply assume that because they are leveraging the cloud, they are using it to back up their data. Check with your cloud supplier if they are storing data and to what extent. It may be that you want certain information backed up indefinitely and others for only a short period time. CTOs should have a firm grasp on their cloud backup services long before disaster strikes if they wish to effectively recover their business data.
Create a disaster recovery plan
One of the best ways of ensuring that you can recover your cloud data is to set up a cloud disaster recovery plan. By undertaking a thorough assessment of your business processes, including which ones are more critical than others, businesses can determine how long it is likely to take to restore backup data, and whether certain data sets need to be prioritised. Cloud-based disaster recovery will also ensure that your core business processes are backed up as well as important data. Planning ahead enables businesses and their employees to be fully aware of the recovery process in advance, meaning that your businesses processes can be resumed as quickly as possible.