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Disaster recovery in the cloud – is it SMBs’ silver lining in data protection planning?

Mark Bentkower, Director of Enterprise Solutions Asia Pacific, CommVault Systems | Nov. 12, 2014
Deploying a scalable and affordable disaster recovery (DR) program has become a must for every organization; but what are the first aspects SMBs should consider before making the shift to a cloud-based DR infrastructure?

3.    Cheaper isn't always better

SMBs, even more so than enterprises, are under constant pressure to cut costs and deliver quality services at competitive price points. While there are clear cost advantages for SMBs to subscribe to basic cloud services, basic cloud services may not offer an effective enough DR plan. This can result in a misalignment between IT service and business needs, which can lead to disastrous consequences such as data loss.

A further complication is the fact that cloud services fee structures can vary significantly from one provider to another, impacting the total cost of ownership. That is why it is important that SMBs work closely with a vendor to define clearly the scope, service levels, and resulting costs based on different scenarios before deciding and signing on with a provider. This will better ensure that they will be supported with the most effective and comprehensive cloud-based DR program within their budget.

Protecting business applications against outages, failures, disasters and other causes of downtime is a top priority for many organizations. Moreover, IT industry trends such as cloud computing, and virtualization are forcing businesses to fundamentally reevaluate their DR strategy. Through the cloud, effective DR can be within the reach of just about any company, including of course SMBs. Cloud-based DR gives organizations more benefits and control at a lower price point than traditional disaster recovery solutions. In addition, having DR sites in the cloud can actually reduce the need for data center space, IT infrastructure and IT resources, enabling smaller companies to deploy DR options that were previously only available to larger enterprises.

Cloud-based DR creates an opportunity for SMBs to improve their data retention and recovery strategy and thus limit the risks of data loss. However, as with most cloud services, companies need to be clear about their overall data protection strategy and budget before the decision on who is the right provider can even be made.

 

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