Advantages of Cloud Computing for Data Protection and Backup

by | Aug 23, 2013 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

Advantages of Cloud Computing for Data Protection Are Too Obvious To Ignore

Data disasters have long been the bane of IT professionals and the businesses that they serve. Even when an organization pays careful attention to fault tolerance and maintains a well-documented backup procedure, getting things back online can be costly. To manually bring operations back to normal can take days, and along the way it is very easy to corrupt or lose data irrevocably through missteps. Fortunately, one of the greatest advantages of cloud computing is that it makes situations like this much less likely and data recovery much more rapid.

Protecting Data through Software as a Service (SaaS)

One of the advantages of cloud computing is when businesses choose to use software as a service (SaaS), where they trust their data to a third party. They are able to access all of their important applications without any need to maintain a dedicated backend, and all they generally need in order to do so is a reliable internet connection.

Though it may seem risky trusting data to a third party, it is often a more reliable practice than trying to maintain data in-house. Cloud software providers work under strict service level agreements (SLA) that ensure that their infrastructure is protected through redundancy and careful safeguards against interruption.

Uptime guarantees for SaaS providers often exceed 99.9% and are enabled by hot-swappable server components, backup cooling/environmental environmental controls, and auxiliary power sources. The data stores of these organizations require the highest level of facilities protection, intrusion defense, and malware scanning.

Cloud Backup

However, organizations that choose to keep their software and systems in-house can realize the advantages of cloud computing as well. It is invaluable in providing an ideal backup platform. Data can be backed up to the cloud in an ongoing, incremental process, removing the need to maintain backups on a medium such as tape which must eventually be stored offsite. The recovery process of corrupted data is significantly easier without the need to deal with media and the complex manual procedures it entails.

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Furthermore, recovery of servers that once could take days can now be accomplished in hours, with little manual intervention. A cloud backup tool can take incremental snapshots of a critical system and even reproduce it as a live virtual image in the event of a disaster. The system can run on the cloud-based instance while the physical machine receives diagnosis and repair. The image could also be used to perform a bare-metal restore to a physical machine. The ease and flexibility that cloud restoration abilities give to IT is tremendous.

Contact us to learn more about the advantages of cloud computing platforms that are able to protect your data and bring you back online in no time in the event of a disaster.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.