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Why CEO’s Should Consider Moving Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Advantages of cloud-based disaster recovery – a CEO’s perspective. Ensuring your assets are secure when disaster strikes.

disaster recovery in the datacenterFor years, all of us have been selling and deploying physical solutions to create Disaster Recovery (DR) data centers—often like for like. The costs were always more than most clients wanted to pay for something they hoped they would never have to utilize, but, it was what most companies did to protect themselves. There were few, if any, opportunities for companies that really wanted to protect their business. Cloud-based disaster recovery solutions have changed that forever.

You can rent DR via a cloud solution. What do we mean by rent? Instead of buying, paying for, and operating a DR data center, you can now architect a cloud-based solution and pay a small monthly fee to have it there if you ever need it.

It makes sense.

  • No need for a large capital purchase—CFO’s are going to love that part! Instead you pay a monthly fee that is less up-front, and usually less in total, than buying it straight out.
  • No need for people to manage DR infrastructure. You can redeploy them on things that actually improve the organization.
  • No need for data center space since it all sits in the cloud provider. This is really important for many clients who are running out of space or paying rent on co-lo space.
  • No need to pay for or have to manage the refresh every 3-5 years on DR infrastructure that you hope to never use.

So, when disaster strikes, your business can thwart downtime, revenue loss, and a damaged reputation, and keep up-and-running. Be prepared to bounce back quickly with a well-architected, thoroughly tested disaster recovery solution. To mitigate risk for mission-critical systems and data, Cloud offers an IT solution that is ready for anything.

OUT OF THIS WORLD  A current, up-to-date copy of your data is always outside the disaster zone. No matter what’s happening back at the office, your data stays high and dry in the cloud. Storing an up-to-date critical data and applications out of the way of catastrophe is vital. And it’s only part of the silver lining.

STAFFED  A third-party team offsite, unaffected by the disaster, can restore your critical systems in the cloud while you and your staff focus on restoring order onsite. That’s right. At your fingertips, 24x7x365 access to an offsite, third-party team of data recovery specialists ready to guide the recovery of your critical systems and help manage operations in the cloud.

ACCESSIBLE  With cloud-based DR, you have on-demand access to a virtually unlimited resource, as long as you need it. Keep your systems up and running by shifting services to the cloud until your systems are up and running.

FLEXIBLE  Let the cloud reign when you need it. When your systems are back in business, let go of that cloud-based function. With the cloud, you have secure remote access to critical systems, applications, and data in the cloud for as long as you need it. Scale cloud usage on demand. Run your systems in the cloud when you need, then roll back the resource when your site is up and running.

EFFICIENT  Faster, cheaper, better. Cloud technology enables effective and secure data transfers, storage, and remote recovery. When systems go down, the cloud enables immediate assistance for business as usual. Meeting data center recovery time objectives (RTOs) is easier, less expensive, and more reliable in the cloud.

Cloud technologies and architectures make it affordable and easy for to achieve your RTOs and deliver service critical to the success of your business. The cloud offers advancements that increase speed and reliability when you really need it. With a cloud DR solution, technology mitigates risk exposure to disaster. And, it provides speed and efficiencies you need to meet recovery time objectives.

We would love to help you discover and review how a cloud DR can be the right strategy for you.

About Larry Gentry
Larry Gentry is responsible for providing clients with innovative cybersecurity, infrastructure and cloud solutions for the healthcare, manufacturing, government, education, retail, insurance and utility industries. His business acumen and management expertise stem from years of senior level leadership and high-tech management experience with companies such as Kroger, Kohl’s department stores and Shopko. Larry attended Lewis and Clark College along with Mt. Hood Community College prior to beginning his management career and holds multiple industry certifications. Larry has been involved with the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association since 2008, holding past roles of Board Chair, Walk Chair and currently leads their efforts for corporate engagement and sponsorship.
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