So, you’re using the cloud for an increasing number of applications and services? Great, but don’t be fooled: it’s not a substitute for backup. You need BaaS, backup as a service.
By Michael Davies, CEO, ContinuitySA
There’s a slow but steady move towards cloud computing in the corporate world, and for very good reason. But too many people assume that because their data and/ or applications are located in a professionally managed server farm somewhere in the world, that they don’t need to worry about backups anymore.
After all, so the logic runs, Amazon Web Services, Google or Microsoft Azure will have their own disaster recovery and backups; those guys know what they are doing, so we’ll be fine.
For example, Last year, Microsoft Azure customers could not access their data for more than five hours when the cooling systems at a data centre malfunctioned. Now imagine your business was a client of those cloud services, and it had global clients. Being unable to access data for five hours is not just lost time, it is reputational damage and possibly penalties if you can’t meet your commitments.
The bottom line: It’s a 24/7 world and recovering quickly from a disaster is imperative. That means building resilience into your corporate DNA, which in turn requires seeing backup as not an isolated function but part of an integrated business continuity plan.
If your cloud supplier goes down, not only do you need a backup but you need to have a well-oiled—and regularly tested—procedure for switching over to it.
The truth is that cloud providers normally do have backup and disaster recovery plans but their parameters are not necessarily aligned with yours. This point is of particular relevance for those companies who buy a backup package from these same providers. Again, you get what you get, and there is no way you can craft a customised package to suit your business continuity plan. Due to it being a multi tenanted environment in is near impossible for you to do tests that conform to your specifications.
It just makes much more business sense to deal with a speciality business continuity provider like ContinuitySA to take care of your backups. That means the best technology would be used and the solution will be regularly tested to ensure there are no unwelcome surprises when the chips are down.
Technology and connectivity advances now mean that specialist providers like ContinuitySA can offer backup as a service on a bespoke basis. That means that no capital costs are incurred, and there are none of the management, equipment, security, power, cooling and other costs associated with in-house solutions—it’s just one monthly account to pay.
Now that’s what I call a Plan B.
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