Ours is a day and age of increasing and growing digitization; and pretty much any work you do, be it personal or professional, is likely to be digital in some form or other.
And as a result of this, it’s likely that you’ve already heard, at some point or another, of the many advantages of the cloud.
Really, when you think of it, there’s little to no reason not to store all your work in a digital crowd. The internet is everywhere these days, accessible anywhere at inconsequential rates. As a result, keeping your work on the cloud is pretty much literally like bringing your work absolutely anywhere you go.
And of course, there’s the increased data safety. Store your digital work in a single physical place, and so much could go wrong – you could lose it to theft, to damage, or to simple misplacement. With cloud storage, you’ve basically got fire, theft, and loss management all rolled into one because none of those things are going to get to your stored work and data anytime soon, regardless of what may happen to your devices.
And that leads us pretty directly into one of the biggest arguments for cloud storage: cloud disaster recovery.
If you run or even are simply involved in the management of a business, then you’ve no doubt heard of business continuity and disaster recovery – the two sides of dealing with a disaster in business. The former is more a long-term plan and procedure laid out for when these disasters kick in; while the latter is an immediate response to it.
Both these elements are key aspects of keeping a business going after a disaster, whatever it may be; but it’s in the latter one that cloud disaster recovery is key.
Disaster recovery has existed before cloud storage become popular, of course; but as with so many other aspects of data storage, there are so many things that make cloud disaster recovery the better option – the most obvious of which are time and money.
Certainly, you could take the time to create your own separate data storage system to be used in the case of your main data storage being disastrously compromised. But reflect for a moment on what it would cost to purchase the necessary IT equipment, the space to store it securely and separately, and all the hours – most likely days – you’d have to pay your IT staff to spend getting it done. Then keep in mind that all of these costs in time and money could be cut down drastically if you keep this disaster recovery system in the cloud.
Putting it simply, folks, we must urge you, if you’ve any say or sway at all over the storage policies of a business, to take up a cloud disaster recovery program. Without one, even a minor disaster could put your business on hold long enough to allow your major competitors to go surging ahead of you in the market. That is, we’re quite sure, something you don’t want to risk happening.