Disaster can strike no matter how well prepared a business is and so it's important for companies to have well-thought out recovery plans.
The cloud has had a huge impact on data recovery, making it a much smoother and more streamlined process. With so much information stored digitally today, having an effective cloud data recovery plan in place is of the upmost importance.
Before the days of cloud computing, backup data had to be stored on drives that would be managed and updated by businesses via a lengthy process. Then they had be transported to another location for security purposes and stored. This was not only time-consuming but also costly as a result of the security and transportation of the physical backups. What's more, every time a business needed to update its recovery data, the process needed to be repeated, wasting more resources.
Thankfully, cloud recovery plans are a very different proposition. Firstly, the process is a lot less disruptive. Data can now be transferred quickly and reliably over a network connection, meaning that backing up data and moving it to, say, a data centre takes far less time. Businesses can also choose which computer resources to back up externally, leaving less critical processes on-premise if they wish.
However, data recovery is about more than just backup storage. It also defines a company's ability to react to technical issues and other interruptions. With a well-implemented data recovery plan businesses can limit downtime and gain a reputation as a reliable service provider. For example, if a natural disaster were to occur, companies may have to worry about more than retrieving important files. Their entire IT infrastructure may be down, but if it is hosted by an external cloud provider it can be restored to a point in time before the interruption occurred.