Companies these days are depending more and more on internal and external Cloud Storages for storing their sensitive data, they are finding that these resources can become part of a disaster recovery strategy. The cloud gives companies backup of data, failover of servers and the ability to have a secondary center far enough away to allow for regional disaster recovery. Cloud configuration also allows us to perform software upgrades across the multiple systems quickly, easily and without disruptions. By storing in Cloud all your applications and data remain on premises for instant use and it is also backed up in cloud which helps you in restoration on local hardware if a disaster occurs. Data stored in cloud can also be restored to virtual machines in the cloud, instead of on-premises hardware.
For many companies, server virtualization has become a key component of the disaster recovery strategy as it enables greater flexibility with computing resources. Virtualization is said to have the potential to speed up the implementation of a disaster recovery strategy and the actual recovery in case of a disaster, plus it also has the ability to make disaster recovery more of an IT function rather than a corporate audit type function.
Virtualization enables companies to create an image of an entire data center that can be quickly activated, in part or in whole, when ever needed, at affordable price. Virtualization is the process in which multiple servers are made to operate out of the same piece of hardware. Without virtualization, portions of servers frequently go unused, while consuming electricity, cooling power and space. A lot of companies are using virtual machines rather than physical machines as they are much more portable and they can be easily booted on disparate hardware.
Viewing from a disaster recovery point, we see that increasing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, facilitates the continuation of IT operations and business processes even after a disaster strikes. Mobile devices can be an intuitive and effective part of any disaster recovery plan, simply because almost everyone has a cell phone or tablet near them all the time. Communication is the key for recovering from any disaster, so connection with as many people as possible reduces downtime. But you should always be sure to outline security protocols regarding company’s data accessed on private devices in your business’s BYOD device policy.