Cloud Disaster Recovery Often Not What’s Expected

By Michael
April 1, 2015

Disaster recovery for any issues with data that arise in a business is a vital piece of technology that needs to be in place at any and all times, but too often, the proper strategies aren’t fully taken to ensure high-quality services. Recent surveys indicate that the strength of cloud recovery services is often vastly overestimated and there are better options in the marketplace.

Most of the issues in the cloud disaster recovery landscape revolve around confusion about what companies can actually put in place, CIO reported. A recent survey found that while 40 percent of IT leaders believe faster recovery times are a great benefit of cloud disaster recovery, 27 percent found the cloud was disappointing because it had slower recovery times. Similar results were seen with confusion about security, where 13 percent of respondents noted the cloud boosts security while 39 percent felt it decreased their security, and with cost, where 26 percent found it more cost effective and 14 percent found it less so.

The confusion that shows time and time again from these results is a key problem, and one that can’t easily be fixed. When companies are being offered the world from potential cloud implementations only to discover the truth is less than they’d like to see, they’re being led astray in many situations.

What should be done instead
Instead of going all-in on the cloud, the news source recommended that companies focus on recovery time relative to what their specific needs are. Given different variables, it’s important to note what business tiers, applications and services are business-critical and need the most benefit from whatever option on the market is chosen. After that, and after security concerns can be taken care of depending on different company features, it can be easier to determine exactly what the best option is for further adoption.

In the event that disaster recovery becomes a need, meanwhile, Tech Republic noted that businesses need to keep additional conditions in mind. Communication and information must move¬†quickly, so plans should be chosen that have these needs in mind. It’s also a good idea to consider that such a plan needs to be kept in mind and reviewed often, so have a backup available such as on-premises data tapes. By covering all bases like this, the long-term results of disaster recovery will likely improve.

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