Given that the foundation of any business rests on its data and applications, it becomes important that these two functions be kept running non-intermittently. That’s the essence of disaster-recovery. However, implementing a disaster recovery plan is a veritable nightmare in the context of an on-premise system. After all, it’s hard to save the system if it’s installed at the disaster location. This simple idea has important ramifications for cloud computing, which has an indirect benefit of being a superior disaster recovery paradigm.
Let’s take a look at what makes this possible:
- Physical isolation: The best form of security is physical security. When a disaster happens, it’s the servers and hard disks you need to save. Cloud computing wins here automatically, as data is present in remote, redundant servers. True, some personal files might still be at risk, but not if you use automated backups.
- Quick restoration: In the case of a disaster, the workforce can be quickly moved to a different location. If your business runs on cloud computing, all you need to do now is get hold of a few machines or mobile devices and services can be resumed with minimal trouble. Restoration is as easy as downloading the business data again.
- Lower cost: Compared to traditional methods, disaster recovery costs less with cloud computing. The only overhead is that associated with having to buy new machines. You are saved from having to replicate the entire network and create access roles, which can take very long.
Time and again cloud computing is proving that it’s the paradigm of the future. With so many important additional benefits, no business should be without it.