Choosing the right Data Protection Solution: Cloud Backup v Cloud Disaster Recovery

The phenomenon of cloud computing has grown so rapidly that it is just as intrinsic in the business world as it is in the mass market - now even technophobes have a solid understanding of Cloud Backup.

Cloud backup is when you back up your business data and store it via the internet on a network of servers so it can be recovered on demand at a later date.

The idea of Cloud Disaster Recovery is less understood, even though the name provides insights into its purpose – indicating a more robust data protection solution. However, what are the key differences and do you require a more robust solution?

Traditional Cloud Backup

Cloud backup has been accepted as the standard solution against data loss. It has enabled companies to move data and save information in data centres, where it is available to restore the information back to the client’s physical servers when required.

The recovery time can depend on various aspects:

  • Quantity of data that has to be recovered
  • Availability of on-site hardware
  • Support staff available

It can take minutes to retrieve a single file, but recovering an entire server image can take hours to weeks depending on factors discussed above. Is there a quicker and more effective solution?

Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a recent service that was conceived through various technological advancements and has raised data recovery expectations.

The DRaaS data solution is similar to the cloud backup process as data is backed up over the internet and stored in an off-site data centre. However, DRaaS provides businesses with extra functionality that allows them to transfer control and functionality from their live servers to the cloud environment, giving businesses the functionality to run live production servers in a virtual environment.

Empowering employees to connect to an alternative date centre running live servers on the cloud decreases the recovery time to a matter of minutes.

Understanding the differences

Understanding the differences between the two services is vital. The main difference is that DRaaS provides businesses with added security, performance and a reduction in downtime.

However, Disaster Recovery is more complex to manage and requires internal competencies. The following is required:

  • Virtualised server environment
  • Sufficient technological infrastructure 
  • Knowledge of how to manage a virtual environment
  • Connectivity between employees and the cloud environment
  • Secure cloud environment
  • Competent staff to execute tasks quickly 

Businesses increased expectations  regarding their Recovery Time Objective has resulted in our DRaaS data solution growing in popularity as companies have become less tolerant to unnecessary downtime, but require assistance managing their internal competencies. If you are using Cloud Backup and would like to find out more information regarding the implementation of a DRaaS Data Protection solution please get in touch to discuss your disaster plan.