Cloud computing has transformed the way IT solutions are delivered and consumed.
Backup and disaster recovery is one of the numerous IT services that has been, and is continuing to be, transformed by the cloud.
For Lincoln Goldsmith, General manager of Australia and New Zealand, Acronis, this transformation provides a host of new data protection benefits for organisations and individuals alike.
“More and more businesses need systems to protect their data, with the amount of data expanding exponentially,” Goldsmith says.
“Cloud-based infrastructure is one of the few ways to keep up with this emerging demand, and provides the flexibility necessary to be implemented quickly, with the ability to expand rapidly if needed.”
For Goldsmith, there are three key ways in which cloud technology has transformed the backup and disaster recovery solutions landscape:
“The cloud provides a level of flexibility for IT applications, software, and infrastructure that is simply not possible with traditional server and data centre configurations,” Goldsmith says.
“Disaster recovery solutions built into the cloud come loaded with this flexibility. This means fast implementation and rapid scaling when requirements expand.”
For Goldsmith, cloud-enabled disaster recovery strategies can minimise the effect of a potential disaster on a business because they can continue operations almost immediately from a different location if one data centre goes down.
“This means that organisations can continue operating no matter how severe a disaster is,” Goldsmith adds.
“Cloud delivers speed, letting providers offer dramatically improved service level agreements,” Goldsmith adds.
As a result, Goldsmith believes recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are now “just a fraction” of the timeframe they once were.
“Today, the expectations are that disaster recovery is almost instant; definitely faster than 15 minutes,” Goldsmith adds.
“This means that if something happens to your server today, you need to be able to bring up an exact copy of the server in less than 15 minutes, with minimum or no data loss at all. And that’s all made possible thanks to the cloud.”