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Top 10 Reasons to Move your Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Top 10 Reasons to Move your Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

More and more enterprises have been making the shift to cloud technology for the breadth of benefits it offers. However, many companies are still struggling with developing a cloud strategy and identifying workloads to move to the cloud. One of the easiest cloud investments to make is backup and disaster recovery.

A low-cost investment and often easy to deploy, cloud-based backup and DR have a lot to offer companies of all sizes. Here are the top 10 reasons that you should move your BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) solutions to the cloud:

1. Low up-front costs 

While traditional backup and DR solutions may require large investments in infrastructure, cloud-based BDR does not. This means that you can still protect your business without having to shell out big bucks. 

2. Change CapEX to OpEX 

Cloud solutions allow you to shift those high capital expenses to operational expenses. No more cumbersome hardware to manage and update. Instead your IT teams can focus on innovating and driving revenue. 

3. Fast, Secure and Reliable Recovery 

With cloud BDR solutions you can achieve your RPO and RTO goals. You can easily restore files and recover entire workloads from your cloud backups. 

4. Data Encryption  

With cyber crime higher than ever, one of the number one concerns of CIOs is data security. With cloud-based BDR solutions, your data is encrypted both in transit and at rest. 

5. DR on Demand

Knowing that you can easily be up and running in a disaster is the kind of peace of mind that CIOs need. With the cloud, DR sites can be spun up on demand and you can easily fail operations over to a cloud environment.

6. Geographic Redundancy 

Having multiple copies of your datais a best practice of backup and DR, and so is having a copy of that data offsite. With the cloud, you can ensure that not only is your data held securely in an offsite location,  it is far enough away that it will not be affected should a disaster hit your main location; yet close enough that latency is low.

7. Reduce Downtime 

With the ability to spin up DR environments fast, companies can effectively reduce the amount of downtime they incur. Not to mention reduce the overall cost of downtime, saving time, money and reputation.

8. Avoid Catastrophic Data Loss 

Without a proper backup and DR solution in place, companies face the risk of catastrophic data loss. Studies show that a majority of companies that experience downtime without a BDR strategy in place will never recover from the loss of data. For most companies, data is the lifeblood of their business, which is something that should be protected at all costs. Additionally, the cost of implementing a backup and DR solution is nominal in the face of the costs of data loss.

9. Legacy Solutions Don't Cut it

Many companies out there take on the mantra "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and continue to operate legacy BDR solutions. Unfortunately for legacy solutions tend to be unreliable and can cause more harm than good in a disaster. Upgrading to a cloud-based backup and DR solution will help your company stay competitive, as well as ensure a fast recovery if disaster should strike.

10. Multiple DR sites 

Concerned that one location isn't enough? With Cloud-based DR your company can spin up multiple DR sites in multiple locations.A distance of 500 miles in between DR sites is ideal because the probability of a disaster having an impact that spans more than 500 miles is low. Cloud solutions are not going anywhere anytime soon, and if your company still hasn't gotten aboard the cloud train, it's time. Making the move to cloud-based solutions for backup and DR isn't only easy, it's more affordable and more reliable than the alternative.

Author: Sydney Diedrich 

This blog was originally published by NewCloud Networks

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