The following is the sixth blog in a series about why businesses are moving to the cloud to modernize and improve business performance.
In our last blog in this series, we examined how security improves with cloud. In this blog, we will look at how cloud enhances disaster recovery (DR) practices and provides a better option for businesses that want to ensure their systems are safe and backed up.
Cloud improves disaster recovery
Conventional DR architecture – the policies and procedures necessary to maintain vital infrastructure and systems following a natural or institutional calamity – invites numerous issues and concerns:
- High cost to build the DR sites
- High maintenance costs for storage and data backup
- Setup and management challenges, especially in remote regions
- Limitations that restrict recovery to primary or critical systems
- Obstacles hindering a verifiable recovery solution
- Low return on investment
A cloud-based DR architecture, however, eliminates the need for physical on-site or co-located storage and provides for automated recovery along with on-demand capacity/scalability. Instead, businesses are able to leverage the cloud to store their data in a range of different geographic regions. For example, the major infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platforms – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) – have global networks to replicate data. In fact, using cloud, you can even replicate apps on IaaS across several geographic regions, as first unveiled by Microsoft for Azure in 2018.
The result of this service is a dependable, flexible DR system subject to far lower upfront investment and overall operational expense than a physical corporate data center. This same architecture is also upgraded along with the production environments at no significant additional cost to the customer.
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