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Posted by Marketing | June 6, 2014

The Impact of the Cloud: What Does it Mean for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning?

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Business continuity and disaster recovery have been a top IT priority for the past few years, and cloud solutions provide a seamless solution.

A large part of business continuity and disaster recovery is ensuring employees can access everything they need to minimize interruptions, which means accessing necessary data and applications. Some disruptions are planned -- such as routine maintenance -- and others are unplanned like power outages, a burst water pipe, bad weather, the office plague and in our case, any big event in Austin.

Each disruption compromises productivity, revenue, opportunities and customer service.

How Cloud Solutions Assist Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

There are a number of cloud solutions that allow workers access to all company data and applications on any device through a web browser. Users can work anywhere with an Internet connection --  with essentially the same interface – creating  simple business continuity.

Naturally, a cloud solution proves even more effective in a disaster recovery situation; businesses can get back on their feet more quickly. If one datacenter becomes unavailable, the second datacenter can bring everything you need back online instantly.

There are few probable natural disasters in Austin, but occasionally we are advised to stay off the road. In these situations, our cloud clients can simply work from home.  Employee safety is ensured and the business saves time and money efficiently.

Backups Are Included In Cloud Solution Costs

A critical aspect to business continuity is ensuring that a copy of all your data is stored off site. In fact, off site storage is a type of cloud solution in itself.

For most businesses, hosting the server in the cloud makes the most sense, because the backup price is included in the monthly fee. Essentially moving your server to the cloud checks two boxes:  1) no more servers 2) backups included.

When you look at the cost of a cloud server versus an on premise server, the cloud server can seem much more expensive, even though IT spending shifts from capital expenses to operating expenses. However, because cloud servers include so many features that would add additional costs (such as backups) a cloud server can be much more competitive financially.

To illustrate, one of our clients is in financial services. They were a seemingly great fit for the cloud but it became clear quickly that a specific software they used did not work well on the cloud. So unfortunately, we had to move them back to an on premise server.

For a cloud server including backups the client paid $450 a month. The client’s server project cost around $10k and they still have to pay $200 a month to back up that on premise server data. It would take four years for the on premise server costs to catch up with the cloud server costs, and server warranties cannot be renewed beyond five years.

As you can see cloud solutions are not only an excellent way to solve business continuity hiccups, it also could prove more cost effective.

 

Our goal for this blog is to answer the questions you ask. If you have any questions about cloud solutions, business continuity or any other topic please email me at lori@myitpros.com. To learn more about IT subscribe to our blog.

 

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