The Cloud and Business Continuity Planning

21 Mar 2019, MOQdigital Marketing

Business Insights, Journey to the Cloud

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Emergencies happen in business, but the show must always go on. This is a challenge for many companies, however. New and innovative digital environments have allowed organisations to use better and brighter technologies, but many have lost sight of the new risk factors associated with them. Fortunately, as technology advances, so do the ways businesses can protect themselves from chaos.

An anywhere, anytime asset

When it comes to disaster recovery and business continuity, both can be assisted by The Cloud. Cloud technologies have been driving better business for some time now, and are an asset for continuity and recovery strategies. For example, Cloud-Based Traffic Management solutions allow companies to control and visualise traffic across the cloud. This provides them with improved control, and the ability to pursue and shut down possible issues, and ensure the right people have the right access to the right networks. The Cloud also offers many modern network controls. This gives business leaders the opportunity to create and manage multiple connection points to maintain their data, security, and more. All of these resources can be controlled and saved directly into The Cloud. If a flood, fire, or other natural event were to impact a company – they could remain operational thanks to their assets being stored in The Cloud. This anywhere, anytime access and control promotes more productive business and allows workers to access what they need when they need it regardless of what else is going on. These technologies also allow virtualisation, sharing, and replication, which helps in the event of a data breach or cyber attack. The benefits of this include the backup of various kinds of data and workloads, which can be stored in global data centres and accessed when they are needed in a controlled and secure manner.

 The cost

The Cloud is a cost-effective solution for many organisations. After conducting a Business Impact Analysis for their continuity and recovery plans, a company can explore which cloud models suit their needs best. By understanding their requirements, business leaders can ensure that they are applying the right solution for short and long-term goals. This might include what kind of data they store in The Cloud, how much infrastructure needs to be recovered in the case of an emergency or data breach, what workloads are critical to keeping a business running, and much more.

This is an important point to note because the price of a solution is only part of the cost equation. Downtime after a natural disaster or cyber-attack can cripple companies. Business leaders need to be able to get their services up, running, and compliant quickly to keep pace in a modern market. Should the need arise, the right Cloud solution could have critical assets back online shortly after an issue has been detected. Without it, a business could flounder for weeks trying to discover what was lost, what the cost was, and how to get back up and running again.

Modern business

The Cloud is a powerful tool for success in business. In a digitally driven society, it can be the difference between staying ahead or getting left behind. If you have questions about The Cloud and your Business Continuity Plan, contact MOQdigital today.