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​Cloud Replication for Disaster Protection

February 25, 2013

No business executive, owner or manager relishes the thought of his or her enterprise suffering from a natural or man-made disaster. Such incidents can be among the most devastating occurrences to affect an organization. Hurricanes, fires, floods, tornadoes, electrical storms, power surges, system crashes - any and all of these events can prove catastrophic for a firm. For small businesses lacking sufficient preparation, such disasters may be too much for the organization to handle, leading to its permanent closure. Larger firms are often better able to weather such events due to their greater resources, but the financial effects can still be dire.

Considering the potential devastation disasters can wreak on a business, it is obviously in every organization's best interest to develop preemptive strategies to ensure it can handle such occurrences. This plans must be robust, accounting for all of the company's most valuable assets.

Perhaps most notably, firms must take steps to protect their data. Data, after all, is the lifeblood of virtually every business, regardless of industry or size. Without adequate supplies of information, an organization simply cannot operate effectively or, in some cases, at all. Yet for unprepared companies, a disaster can easily destroy much or all of the firm's data.

The better prepared a company is to preserve and protect its data in the event of a disaster, the more easily it will be able to recover from that event.

That is why firms should consider investing in cloud data replication solutions.

The cloud and disaster
In the past, the best strategy available for firms looking to protect themselves from disaster was to store copies of documents and other files at an offsite location. Companies would back up information on tapes or disks and move them off the premises. This way, if a disaster struck the home office, the company could recover the files.

However, this strategy has been largely trumped by the advent of the cloud. Using tapes or disks for backup is a time-consuming process and has a high chance of human error, as employees forget to regularly back up files or deposit them at the appropriate location. Additionally, there are limits to how often files can be backed up in this method. Depending on when the last backup was performed, the amount of data lost in the event of a disaster could potentially be debilitating.

Cloud-based disaster recovery solutions can circumvent these problems. With high-quality solutions, businesses can upload files to cloud environments automatically, eliminating the risk that a worker's forgetfulness will lead to lost data. Additionally, this backup procedure can be performed much more frequently, reducing the maximum potential loss in the event of a disaster.

Big data help
The rise of big data has somewhat complicated this situation. Because these data sets are so massive, it can be challenging for a company to successfully preserve all of its accumulated information via cloud backup. Legacy systems do not have the flexibility or depth to handle the transfer of so much data. This means that a great deal of big data may be lost in the event of a disaster. Because of the value companies can gain from big data thanks to analytics, this can represent a significant loss.

Fortunately, solutions exist to mitigate these problems. Companies looking to protect their data assets, including big data, via cloud-based backup should consider replication tools, such as Attunity CloudBeam. With this resource, firms can successfully replicate a tremendous number of files between on-premises and cloud environments without bottlenecks, delays or other inefficiencies. This minimizes the amount of data that may be lost in the event of a disaster, and therefore optimizes the firm's overall preparation.