The overall goal of business continuity is to keep a business up and running at all times, no matter what happens. This is more than just backing up data. According to The VAR Guy, there are three pillars of business continuity: technology, IT readiness, and business preparedness. Each pillar is extremely important.
This is the data backup piece of the business continuity plan. Today, businesses can set automated data backup in the cloud with solutions like RapidScale’s CloudBackup. They can schedule backup frequency, ensure files are up to date at all times, and experience file-level access if they need to grab some backed up data. Cloud backup doesn’t have the same vulnerabilities as traditional methods, so it remains working at all times and alerts a business with any issues that need to be addressed.
Some people have heightened expectations when it comes to backup though. While it’s extremely important, backup is only the first step in business continuity because it’s really about file-level recovery, and having a secondary location to store data. However, it won’t necessarily protect from total site failure. That’s where the next part comes in.
This is about disaster recovery, because sometimes simple backup isn’t enough. What if disaster hits and you need to get systems up and running again, not just retrieve files? Cloud-based disaster recovery, like RapidScale’s CloudRecovery solution, gets operations functioning again in no time, allowing a business to prioritize which systems should be recovered first. They experience minimal downtime and can maintain access to their data in the cloud remotely from mobile devices, even if the main office location is inaccessible.
Business preparedness is all about how an organization will continue functioning following a disaster. This refers to the entire business, across departments, and has to take many situations into account. What will the processes look like? Staffing? Hours of operation? Will employees be able to work from a remote site or from home? What’s expected from individuals in this type of scenario? This step is all about planning and making sure the business team knows what to do if the office site becomes inaccessible or their primary devices are destroyed.
The Benefits of Cloud Backup and Recovery
Simplicity: Traditional business continuity plans involved a lot of pieces that had to be maintained and managed by an IT department. Oftentimes, this just wasn’t possible in addition to daily business tasks, and business continuity ended up being overlooked. With a cloud solution, businesses can remove the complexity and hand the responsibilities to a skilled provider like RapidScale. This allows the IT team to focus on the core business.
Cost Efficiency: Recovery also used to be synonymous with high costs, especially for SMBs, who tend to have limited budgets and access to resources. These smaller organizations are particularly at risk due to these limitations. A cloud solution can fit the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries. The pay-as-you-go approach allows organizations to choose the scale of solution they need, and they pay based on the resources they use.
Scalability: Many organizations fear that putting a business continuity solution in place is a waste because it’s difficult when they undergo organizational changes. Cloud recovery can grow as a company grows, since the company can define its level of service needed at all times. It’s easy and pretty much automated to increase protection if a business grows. The cloud is scalable to fit all needs.
Support: And businesses don’t have to do it alone. It’s already tough enough to meet primary business needs, let alone running a business continuity solution on top of it all, which includes monitoring, testing, and secondary site maintenance. That’s where a provider like RapidScale comes in. We have the know-how about cloud computing, disaster recovery, data backup, security, and more, which makes the transition easy – and one that customers don’t have to do alone.
RapidScale’s belief is that every business should have a business continuity plan, and any healthy business continuity plan should include file-level backup and disaster recovery. Security experts recommend the same. Both aspects are necessary to make a customer sleep well at night. Backup is perfect for ransomware or human error, but disaster recovery is necessary to protect against total site failure. With a cloud business continuity plan in place, a business can continue running, even as it investigates the issue that occurred in the first place. There’s no time lost!
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