Cloud computing lets businesses ramp up new services and reallocate resources fast, based on individual business needs, while providing users with self-service access to computing resources, with appropriate levels of control. Cloud gives organizations power to manage their business data across hybrid in- and off-premise locations, in secure computing environments based on cost, capacity requirements, and other factors. All that computing requires proper backup and recovery procedures.
Small and Medium sized Business Backup Practices
According to June 2011 IDC report, “Extracting Value from Chaos” (sponsored by EMC), small business still have to be more proactive when it comes to the backup. Here is now SMBs employed backup practices at that time: 10% – Cloud based (Online Storage), 15% – only used Tape or Disk Swap, 60% – used local backup only, 15% – did nothing!
In a recent survey, Coleman Parkes Research found that North American businesses experience an average 10 hours/year of downtime. That leads to losses of :
- $159,331 per year, not just IT downtime and data recovery, where mall companies lose more than…
- $55,000 in revenue due to downtime and recovery, mid-sized companies lose
- $91,000-plus in revenue, and large enterprises more than $1 million in revenue.
And that’s just revenue, not counting lost employee productivity from IT downtime, damage to company brand and reputation, non-compliance with regulatory commitments. Your small business survival may be at stake, if Business Disaster Recovery (BDR) and Business Continuity (BC) services are not ensured.
Last year, according to Sungard, ” 86% of companies experienced one or more instances of system downtime in the previous year. 60% of those instances were due to a human-error factor. Of the companies with Business Continuity plans, only 15% believe their crisis communication is “very effective.”
That being said, the ability to obtain and maintain an off-site disaster recovery solution is difficult for most organizations, especially small to medium-sized businesses, due to a high cost. While there are some alternative in-house or full-cloud, less cost-demanding solutions become available, they may lower down the scale of security and range of protection. In case of man-made or natural disasters such as fire, flood, or a blackout the capability to recover business data fast.
Cloud to the Backup and Rescue
The recent advances of the cloud-based storage, BDR and BC Services allow companies to keep their important data safely and securely away from their physical locations.
Hybrid Cloud based BDR and BC services have several key objectives in order to be most efficient for any organization.
Disaster Recovery Key Objectives
- Recovery Point – a point in time of the most recent backup prior to a failure.
- Recovery Time – a time period between a failure and point in time where operations are fully restored.
- Reliability -service must warrant that the application can be restored to a consistent, dependable state
- Performance – proper disaster recovery service should have a minimal negative impact on application performance of each restored application under failure-free operation.
- Geo Separation – physical separation of the primary site and the backup site to increase probability of faster DR
- Cold Backup Site – a secondary (or tertiary) data center that provides a physical location and utilities, without computing equipment or data; such site has the longest Recovery Time objective.
Hybrid Cloud based BDR and BC services now allow Managed Services Providers (MSP) IT companies like powersolution.com to provide organizations with better yet less expensive options, while maintaining a multi-tenant infrastructures for BDR/BC processes.
Benefits of Cloud Computing for BDR and BC services:
- Low Overhead: all the facility and systems maintenance is taken care of by the solution provider.
- Easy access: available from anywhere, anytime where you have access to internet.
- Fast deployment – Cloud BDR processes typically have industry-proven methods of setup and deployment.
- Security and Availability: improved data protection in a more secure environment, for maximum network performance and better application-level availability over a conventional, on-site solution.
- Optimized Performance: server cycles can be dynamically assigned and be automatically adjusted whenever and wherever you need them, to handle spikes in your business data and process flow.
- Energy Savings: without needing to run your own data center power consumption and energy bills are down to zero for an SMB.
- Better Cost and Pricing Options:when zero capital expense is required, pay-as- you-go subscription price keeps Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) low.
Agility and Scalability: in the cloud, increasing or decreasing your storage capacity is tiered and can be changed on demand, as you need to adjust your business data volumes.
Many companies are using a cloud based virtual desktop solution, such as our psWorkplace Cloud Solution to minimize downtime due to hardware failure and improper backup procedures. Cloud based virtual desktops typically run on redundant servers and co-located data centers to provide nearly 100% up-time. This moves the burden of backup and DR/BC procedures from business owners to the data center.