By Andreea Andrei, Marketing and Business Administration Executive at The Cloud Computing and SaaS Awards

This article is part of an A to Z series by Cloud and SaaS Awards, continuing with D for Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery (DR) is a data application and hardware disaster recovery strategy that, unlike conventional approaches, relies on cloud storage.

In the event of a failure, affected data, applications, and other resources can be restored directly from the cloud with the push of a button so that activity resumes as quickly as possible. In parallel, several companies offer Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

The main component of Cloud DR is having digital copies of all relevant data and configurations that can be used as a temporary replacement (especially for hardware) and as a reference point for recovery in an emergency situation.

Since these digital copies are stored in the cloud or in an external data center, companies that rely on cloud disaster recovery are also safe in the event of local crisis situations, such as fires, floods or earthquakes.

What is the difference between a backup and a Disaster Recovery Plan?

The main difference between a backup and a Disaster recovery is that the backup represents only one part of the operations for returning to normality. In this case, the backup is based on recovering stored files that have been compromised, but a good disaster recovery includes, in addition to the restoration of lost data, the recovery of other elements required for the normal operation of your business, such as servers, virtual machines, communication lines, high availability, etc. All this while taking into account the maximum speed of restoration of the company’s operations.

Although an online backup system is very useful to always have a copy of the data and be able to rescue it if necessary, this system is not enough to guarantee business continuity.

To keep the company’s information as safe as possible, it is recommended that the 3-2-1 rule be followed in backup copies.

What is the 3-2-1 rule in backups?

It is a technique that is based on making at least three copies of data on two different media and hosting the third backup copy in a different on-premise location.

To manage all backups, companies opt for solutions created specifically for it. Thus, Qumulo, previous winner of Best Cloud DR/Business Continuity Solution of 2021-2022 Cloud Awards, has one of the best solutions on the market for an organization to benefit from the advantages of a fast and effective data recovery plan.

Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Plan in your business

Bill Conner, president and CEO of SonicWall, declared:

Cybercriminals are honing their ability to design, create and deploy stealthy attacks with ever-increasing precision, while increasing their chances of evading detection through sandbox technology

This is as a consequence of increased cyber attacks in 2022. Their annual report shows evidence of a 167% rise in encrypted threats, 105% rise in ransomware attacks, and an overall of 5.3 trillion intrusion attempts, in comparison with last year.

These data put into perspective the importance of having your business protected for any sort of attacks, and how essential Disaster Recovery Plans have become in today’s industry. Moreover, companies depend on their data and their computer systems to be able to carry out the vast majority of their daily activities more than ever before. For this reason, they are also more vulnerable to the effects of data loss disasters: a service interruption or outage, or the inability to access information, results in huge losses of time and money for your business.

Benefits of Disaster Recovery (DR)

Business Continuity

Disaster recovery ensures that, regardless of the reason the service has been interrupted, the company can continue working in a short time (typically, within a few minutes). Business continuity is essential to avoid losses and ensure good service to customers.

Guarantee access to data

Information is the main asset of companies today, so always having access to it is vital to make faster and more efficient decisions. With disaster recovery, access to data is guaranteed despite the fact that the business suffers a serious or severe incident, thanks to having distributed copies on servers in different data centers.

Avoid or minimize economic losses

The damage caused by the interruption of service in a company is very serious, such as lost sales, low-quality customer service, delay in work tasks and projection of a bad corporate image. Disaster recovery prevents all this damage to the company, or minimizes its impact if a serious problem occurs that affects its services and systems.

Contingency plan

Thanks to the implementation of Disaster Recovery plans, you will be able to anticipate their occurrence by executing periodic tests.

Improved customer service

With a Disaster Recovery plan, business relationships and services offered to customers will not be affected. The client will always have the necessary attention and will not be affected by possible incidents that affect the company.

The best way for a company to guarantee its business continuity is by having a disaster recovery or disaster recovery plan. The benefits of this recovery plan are diverse, so finding a disaster recovery plan that suits the needs of the company should be a priority for the business.

Cloud Awards 2021-2022

The Cloud and SaaS Awards team encourages businesses to move forward the advancements of DR and Business Continuity through the Best Cloud DR or Business Continuity category of the Cloud Awards. Last year, we have shortlisted 5 innovative DR solutions, including the winner:

To view the full shortlist, click here.