With small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) shifting more of their operations over to the cloud, there’s an increasing need for cloud-based disaster recovery to protect their applications and data in the event of an incident. Yet many companies, despite making heavy investments in cloud technologies, have yet to build an affordable and dependable solution for keeping their assets safe. This is partly driven by the common belief that migrating to the cloud practically guarantees protection.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. While the benefits of cloud computing for small businesses are undisputable, you should never take disaster recovery for granted. Yes, your data may be kept in multiple systems offering various redundancies by default, but there are still risks such as a critical service provider experiencing an outage or going out of business. You need to prepare for any eventuality with Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).
Increased functionality at a lower cost
When you’re trying to take care of backup and disaster recovery in-house, there’s a chance you can miss something important. That’s why it’s always best to have an outside perspective. Chances are a remote service provider will be able to detect risks and limitations that you’re unable to. DRaaS providers are also experts in their field, so you can count on their solutions more than you can on an understaffed and underfunded in-house IT department.
It’s easy to assume that access to such expertise won’t come cheap, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, with DRaaS, you only pay for the services you need in the form of a monthly subscription. In most cases, the fees will be calculated by the amount of storage space you require, but it usually works out cheaper than keeping everything in-house. You can also enjoy the increased protection of having off-site archives of your data.
Adaptability to evolving environments
Business needs are changing all the time. What worked a few years back probably won’t work anymore. For example, the amount of data today’s organizations collect is rapidly increasing, often to the point of doubling every couple of years. This puts a huge burden on in-house IT departments forced to constantly upgrade their hardware.
DRaaS gives you access to the business continuity resources you need on demand. You only pay for what you use, but you have access to all the resources you could possibly need. For example, major cloud providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have a virtually limitless pool of resources. With access to storage space and computing power on demand, you can adapt seamlessly to constantly evolving business needs.
Enhanced reliability and redundancy
In the old days, backup and disaster recovery processes typically followed a basic version of the 3-2-1 rule. In this rule, you have two on-site backups including one that’s readily available and connected to your network and another that’s stored separately in case of a network-wide failure. The third copy is stored off-site, which traditionally meant tape drives delivered to a secure off-site location.
Today, the off-site copy typically lives in the cloud, where there’s no need for moving physical media like tapes. However, a dependable DRaaS provider won’t just keep one copy of your data in the cloud. They’ll have redundancies in place in multiple geographical locations and with different service providers. Your backups will be synchronized to ensure you meet your recovery goals in the event of an incident, which means greater reliability all around.
Umbrella Managed Systems offers first-rate data backup and disaster recovery solutions to ensure the safety of your data during an unexpected incident. Call us today to get the protection you need.