With the rise of COVID-19 changing the way we work and depend on our IT infrastructures, cybersecurity is another critical component to an organization’s ability to defend against social engineering campaigns and other forms of attacks.
This is why disaster recovery (DR) remains at the top of the list when it comes to cloud-computing management strategies in 2020. From a deleted file or system failure to any kind of unforeseen event, data restoration and infrastructure recovery may be the single biggest risk factor to your organization’s survival – and success – should the unthinkable happen.
From the flexibility and scalability of multiple and hybrid-cloud operations to more traditional on-premises environments, businesses must be able to continuously replicate, encrypt and store data away from their main systems. Fast and effective restoration and recovery helps prevent data loss and theft, as well as downtime to strengthen compliance. Here are 4 other distinct benefits of DR that do more than provide a competitive advantage.
- Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)
Maximizing IT spend means finding ways to reduce (TCO) – the cost of assessing, purchasing, owning and maintaining technology. By leveraging DR infrastructure in the cloud on an as-needed basis, rather than paying for physical backup and storage hardware, businesses can significantly lower capital expenditures and operational costs. Protelligent’s Cloud backup | CloudDR™ services can deliver even more benefits, such as flexible data-restoration options, as well as enhanced security with on-the-fly data encryption, both in transit and at rest.
- Minimal recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO)
The strength and success of any DR plan is centered on two things -- the ability to accelerate the retrieval and restoration of the most recent data backup and the ability to access all IT systems critical to business operations. DR in the cloud delivers these capabilities to get you back up and running quickly, while providing fundamental advantages like agility and scalability.
AWS disaster-recovery solutions, for example, enable Protelligent’s AWS-certified architects to quickly spin up and scale application environments or full production replicas to test and update DR solutions as needs change. This enables you to meet stringent recovery time objectives (RTO) to avoid non-compliance fines and penalties, while ensuring access to all the systems in your recovery point objectives (RPO), so your business can function normally. In addition, it allows for the proper mapping of application dependencies and works to further reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) since you only pay for what you use.
DR solutions run in the background and use minimal resources to replicate, encrypt and store data offsite, so it can be easily accessed in the event of a disaster situation. Since data is not written to a disk, there is no reboot required, making even the most severe failure minimally disruptive to existing infrastructure performance. As mentioned earlier, speedy recovery and accurate restoration are the name of the game. The ability to switch between recovery sites without affecting normal business functions is an added protection that works to improve compliance.
- Any Application from Any Source
Having peace of mind that your organization can run critical applications on the recovery site and ensure users can connect their apps, while conducting business as usual is another priority.
DR supports the same automated process to replicate and recover workloads regardless of OS type/version, application or database. It also supports security measures, such as multi-factor authentication to reduce risk of social engineering and other cyber attacks. This includes physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure, as well as crucial databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and enterprise applications, such as SAP to ensure full access anytime from any location with an internet connection.
True business continuity hinges on a strong disaster-recovery plan that enables your organization to properly manage its entire data lifecycle, regardless of your environment type. DR in the cloud is more flexible and scalable, but most importantly, faster and more effective. By partnering with Protelligent® to leverage our combination of AWS-certified cloud expertise and our extensive service offerings, we can help you plan, architect and deploy the overall cloud solution that’s right for your company, as well as provide ongoing support at any level. Contact us now at (855) PRO-TELL and gain the assurance that your company can recover from any disaster to continue generating revenue without skipping a beat.