Business Cloud Continuity in the Cloud

Business Cloud Continuity in the Cloud

Dennis Snider

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Cloud-based business continuity is a way of becoming more operationally resilient more quickly, more easily, and for less expenditure. For some organizations, it is essential that the dataflow should remain uninterrupted to prevent drops in productivity levels; just an hour of downtime can cost some companies several million dollars. Downtime can now be tackled using cloud-based business continuity in a seamless fashion, with huge benefits for users.

When cloud services were originally introduced, sustaining business continuity within the cloud was expensive and only the biggest companies could afford it. However, now that so many more cloud service providers are available, the prices have dropped and the majority of companies now take advantage of this service.

There are numerous reasons for using cloud-based business continuity/disaster recovery services, the most important of which are listed below:

Always available: Cloud-based business continuity solutions can be accessed from any part of the world at any time; IT departments can select from a wide range of options to find the optimal service for your company.

Economical: Even small businesses can now afford cloud-based business continuity solutions; it is easy to create a customized service plan, only paying for what you need. When your business expands, you can change the plan and add-on or take away services as required. Additionally, knowing that you can call on these continuity services means that you don’t need backup production facilities elsewhere, thereby making cost savings.

Simple backup: It is now a simple matter to backup your data either as it is being used or at a set interval, cutting energy costs associated with backing up data at nighttime. You can simply set your servers to backup your preferred intervals and rest assured that your data will be safely stored ready for use when necessary.

Simple disaster recovery: If you suffer a disaster and need to restore your systems, it is extremely simple if you have your data stored in the cloud. Effectively, you can simply download a copy of your whole system and keep on running just as you were previously. In the past, when a system needed to be reinstalled, it was highly likely that some discs, flash drives et cetera could be corrupted, complicating the restoration process; cloud services eliminate virtually any danger of this.

Access anywhere: In these pandemic times, this is clearly one of the greatest advantages of Business Continuity using the cloud: any employee with any digital device and an Internet connection can access the entire company system, if authorized Your entire administrative facilities could burn to the ground, your staff could carry on running the company out of the cloud. Obviously this has a downside, which is that malicious actors could also start trying to run your company externally to your premises. For this reason it is essential that you invest in the very best cyber-protection you can afford and regularly update and check your systems to keep them secure.