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Cloud-Based Data Recovery & Restoration For Business Resilience

09 Dec 2021, MOQdigital

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AdobeStock_167863540-1Data is the most crucial asset of any organisation. IT disasters are more than just your computer fritzing mid-work or a coffee spill over your laptop. Beyond the cost of hardware and software damage, data loss is the most impactful consequence a business can incur. For businesses, the loss of data could even mean the permanent cessation of operations.

The loss of vital data can affect the revenue, productivity, and reputation of a business. Threats like malicious attacks (ransomware, malware, viruses), natural disasters, freak accidents, user error, and hardware failure are critical dangers to the continuity of businesses, especially if lost data cannot be recovered in time or at all. 

Cloud-based data recovery and restoration solutions change this.  

Cloud-based data backup and disaster recovery prevent the complete shutdown of operations. Cloud backup is a cloud-based server located in a remote location, which operates at the highest standards with certifications including SOC2 and ISO27001 among others, managed by a professional cloud service provider for a set fee. The implementation of a cloud-based disaster recovery plan is imperative in sustaining business continuity. It is a more affordable and more straightforward solution.  

In the event of a disaster, businesses can burn valuable time and money trying to restore or recreate lost data manually. Downtimes are notoriously frustrating for a business and its customers. Even with trained staff, data recovery from onsite, self-managed servers can be complicated and troublesome. The manual data recovery process can include physical travel and uprooting the onsite server infrastructure and requires ample time to initiate manual recovery. As a result, businesses incur further losses to productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. 

Cloud-based data recovery, however, provides the business with the ability to operate without interruption.

For instance, if a fire affects its office overnight, the business can still function remotely by utilising its cloud-based data. Moreover, the cloud has the capacity for rapid data restoration from anywhere and anytime through any computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Additionally, cloud-based data servers have in place continuous and automated backup procedures.

Cloud-based backup utilises automatic offsite data transfer for disaster recovery. A business’s data is immediately sent off-premises within minutes of being updated. Businesses can get back online without being slowed down by tedious manual recovery processes. They can still access anything from payroll reports and customer-related information to email servers and operational software. Cloud-based data recovery can also be deployed across all business locations, inevitably supporting more expansive business continuity and geo-redundancy. 

Events like fires, flooding, and other natural disasters can wipe out a business’ stored onsite data in a matter of minutes. However, a more elusive danger is malicious attacks on onsite systems, which are traditionally less secure than cloud servers. With the rise of prolific cyberattacks, cybercriminals do more than corrupt data and tend to meddle with and erase local backups.

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Therefore, with the implementation of cloud-based high-end encryption, regular backup schedules, and ultra-backed-up data, restoration and recovery are still possible through multiple secure replications of crucial data and a complex protection workflow that reduces the risk of total data loss or corruption.  

Besides the abovementioned features, remote cloud-based data recovery solutions also entail professional third-party security updates that ensure efficient data recovery and restoration procedures. Businesses need not spend time and money training their staff and instead can offload critical tasks to the professional cloud service provider. Another benefit of a remote cloud-based data recovery solution is that it helps the business demonstrate coherent, repeatable processes and controls for information protection and restoration.

While a business retains the capability to manage and monitor the backup and recovery process anywhere and anytime, the setup process is outsourced to the professional service provider, eventually only needing minimal intervention when the need for recovery and restoration arises. The cloud service provider can also undertake constant regulatory testing of the system. Tests can include mock breaches or scheduled retrieval of backups to ensure that the data remains safe and accessible to the business. This consistent testing ensures that the data restoration and recovery processes are failsafe.  

Cloud-based data recovery solutions ultimately serve one purpose: to alleviate stress from the business.

Whether it is a small, local business or a large conglomerate, data is the primary asset of any organisation. When disaster hits, businesses bear the brunt of data loss which can cripple their continuity and sustainability. Loss of productivity, profitability, and reputation are additional consequences of data loss. The efficient restoration and recovery of lost data are crucial for a business.

Cloud-based data recovery solutions are increasingly being explored, embraced, and implemented by businesses across the world. With its reliability, security, consistency, and scalability, cloud-based data recovery serves to ensure that businesses can continuously operate without facing interruptions from malicious attacks, natural disasters, accidents, or user error. Cloud-based recovery affords businesses easy access to their data without the many complications of self-management and supports data and business resilience. 

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