More than ever before, businesses everywhere are increasingly dependent on their IT technology for production, operation, and communication. This means in the event of a disaster, whether it’s a hurricane or human-error power outage, it is extremely critical for a business to have an effective, quick recovery time to restore computer data and functioning infrastructure. Any delays in this precious recovery time create dire costs for companies, sometimes to the point of potentially going out of business. To paint a picture of the need for quick recovery time, the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) points out, “93 percent of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster, filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.”
Luckily, the growing industry of cloud computing technology comes to the rescue with DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service). RapidScale’s DRaaS disaster savior comes in the form of CloudRecovery, which backs-up a company’s data and infrastructure securely in remote, mirrored data centers. These centers have failover servers, meaning if one server fails for whatever reason, another one redundantly connected to it immediately takes over, implementing speedy recovery from the disaster.
CloudRecovery Vs. Traditional Disaster Recovery
The main benefits of DRaaS, or CloudRecovery, over traditional recovery systems stem from outside, higher functioning cloud resources for data center synchronization. As Pete Manca explains in the DRJ article, this improved technology and application makes the recovery system more flexible, cost-effective, and automatic. The virtual converged infrastructure technology of DRaaS makes the necessary mirrored configuration of primary and secondary (back-up) sites automatic, as opposed to the constant manual maintenance and reconfiguration needed with traditional server back-up systems companies put in place themselves.
The do-it-yourself approach costs not only more time and maintenance but also, of course, more money. Upfront CapEx costs run much higher due to purchasing and housing servers in a separate data center. With the alternative CloudRecovery, you benefit from scalable costs, paying as you go for what you use each month in RapidScale’s secure data centers already set up for you in top form.
Security is of the upmost importance for any type of cloud computing service, particularly for a disaster recovery system that must support your business in times of need. RapidScale’s fully redundant data centers located throughout the US make the best use of enterprise solutions from Cisco, Citrix, HP, Microsoft, NetApp, and VMware to make sure client information and infrastructure is locked down and protected.
Speediest Recovery in the Industry
When you use the cloud for disaster recovery, the greatest achievement to be had is the fastest recovery time in the industry, which saves your business in all facets. Research in an article from Salesforce.com says that cloud recovery fixed issues 2.1 hours faster than the average 8 hour recovery time of traditional systems. In addition, “mid-sized businesses had the best recovery times of all, taking almost half the time of larger companies to recover.”
For both large and smaller companies, CloudRecovery is clearly the best way to ensure the fastest return to invaluable uptime and successful enterprise.