Business continuity is about having a plan to deal with difficult situations, so your organisation can continue to function with as little disruption as possible.
Whether it’s a business, public sector organization, or charity, you need to know how you can keep going under any circumstances.
A good BC plan recognises potential threats to an organization and analyses what impact they may have on day-to-day operations. It also provides a way to mitigate these threats, putting in place a framework which allows key functions of the business to continue even if the worst happens.
90% of companies experience some form of downtime, which may result in loss of data, security, productivity and revenue. However, this does not need to be irreversible. Cloud computing when coupled with Cloud Backup offers secure backup solutions for SMEs, to ensure that a business’s critical data is immediately restored after any loss.
Backup and Virtual Hosting are essential elements of good business continuity, especially in this current age where data and applications are becoming more and more crucial to business operation and survival. Many Cloud Services such as Office 365 are inherently stable by design. However, your On-Premise Servers and IT Infrastructure Services require an additional layer of resilience to achieve this.
Advantages of Cloud Data Backup
There are several advantages to using cloud backup. They include:
Efficiency and Reliability. Cloud providers utilize state-of-the-art technology, such as disk-based backup, compression, encryption, data deduplication, server virtualization, storage virtualization, application-specific protection and more. In addition to the security that accompanies their services, many providers offer 24/7 monitoring, management and reporting — features and capabilities that may not be afforded by in house backups. Furthermore, there’s no need to worry about upgrades, migrations or technology obsolescence; the burden of the backup infrastructure lies with the service provider.
Scalability with capital savings. Cloud backups can be low-cost, especially for consumers and small businesses without a lot of data to protect. Public clouds also remove scalability issues, so you never have to worry about having enough on-premises storage capacity for your data. Cloud backup through a service provider is easier to manage because the provider handles all that. Moving backups to the cloud can protect you from dangers such as ransomware attacks because your files are off-site.
Improved recovery time for small data sets. For a recovery from tape, you would need to recall the tape, load it, locate the data and recover the data. Conversely, file recovery from cloud storage is faster; it doesn’t require physical transport from the off-site location, tape handling or seek time. Files to be recovered are located and streamed over the WAN connection, saving time and eliminating the need for a local tape infrastructure.
Accessibility. Cloud backup may be attractive to organisations that can’t afford the investment and maintenance of a separate disaster recovery (DR) infrastructure. It can also appeal to those who can afford a full DR site, but recognize the greater efficiency and cost savings to be gained by outsourcing. Off-site data copies — accessible from any internet-connected device/location — provide an added measure of insurance in the event of a regional disaster.
Broader protection. Cloud backup can make a good option for protecting endpoints such as laptops or tablets that aren’t traditionally part of on-premises enterprise backup. Cloud repositories can also replace the need for tape vaulting.
When linked to our Cloud Back Up Service of your on-premise servers and data, QD Tech, provide Business Continuity in the form of provisioning your servers both Physical and Virtual onto our Cloud Platform. This service enables you to provide continuity of service and remote access to your services whilst hosted temporarily in the cloud until the remediation of your servers is implemented.
Below are examples of the continuity services provided by QD Tech
- Temporary Secure Private Cloud Solutions for Business Continuity
- Email Continuity Services.
- Telephone redirection Services
- Enterprise and Personal File Data Continuity Services
- Provision of business Critical On – Premise applications and Services