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Disaster Recovery for SMB’s

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Data is critical and the world is unpredictable. Your information needs to be secure, no matter what happens. It is Disaster Recovery that plays a major part in making sure your data remains safe and secure. In the event of a disaster, an effective and comprehensive DR Solution makes sure your enterprise and business stay on track.

When you are a small business, keeping your data safe becomes even more vital. As an enterprise on the path of growth, you cannot afford hindrances. Especially loss of data. At this early stage, it is very important to make sure that you are effectively safeguarded against disasters — man-made and natural. As a small business, the tendency to focus exclusively on growth sometimes puts DR on the back-burner. That should never be the case.

There are a number of circumstances that result in data loss and downtime. Mostly, the error is human. People make mistakes. Which are unavoidable.

Another very real threat presents itself in the form of hackers. Security breaches nowadays are not uncommon, and in situations when they happen, everything gets compromized.

Some of the reasons why you need disaster recovery are:-

  • Mitigating the impact of a cyber invasion.
  • Safeguarding data.
  • Making sure that downtime doesn’t affect operations.
  • Proper storage of confidential information.
  • Training of employees w.r.t. data handling.

Thus, formulating an effective Disaster Recovery Strategy is important. However, it can be daunting. Where to start, how to begin, these are some of the questions that come to mind first. However, there are a few essentials that need to be there in any DR plan, irrespective of the type of business.

Any insurance documentation.

  • List of important contacts in the event of a disaster.
  • An updated list of employees.
  • An effective strategy w.r.t. communication, in order to prevent loss of customers.
  • A list of applications that are used in the everyday operation of the business.
  • Comprehensive instructions for recovery.

Creating a DR Plan, hence requires a comprehensive checklist. But, should you concentrate on building your own DR Strategy or focus on mission critical functions?

Thankfully, an effective tailor-made DR Plan can be made available to you. Among the many Cloud Disaster Recovery Service Providers, Cloud4C ensures that your DR Plan is comprehensive, support is available 24X7, execution occurs at lightning pace and location is convenient. Cloud4C provides effective DR Solutions to safeguard your data.

An effective Disaster Recovery Solution should not only safeguard your data in the event of a disaster, but should also be able to provide you with adequate backup. With Cloud4C, you can be rest assured all aspects of DR are being looked into.

As an SMB, your priority should be growth. To make sure that you can tackle competition and hold your own in today’s dynamic market environment. Which is precisely why you should leave Disaster Recovery to Cloud Disaster Recovery Service Providers and concentrate on growing your enterprise.

Network Latency: How it Impacts Your Business

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Network Latency: How it Impacts Your Business

IDC reports that upto 50% cloud customers are affected by network latency forcing them to bring their infrastructure back in-house. Network latency is the time taken by data packet to get from one point to the other. Latency can be caused by a whole slew of reasons including, but not limited to serialization, routing and data protocols. Network latency can cripple your cloud set up and applications deployed on the cloud.

With the right set up, cloud brings considerable economic and business benefits. Forrester expects the cloud industry to reach $160 billion by 2020. Lack of an efficient cloud set up might mean a loss of competitive advantage to a number of businesses in the future. In addition to loss of revenues through sales, it also affects staff productivity adding to the loss of revenue. It is important therefore, businesses review the latency aspect of cloud providers closely. There are a few important factors that will help you reduce latency of your cloud:

Location

Most cloud providers are traditionally based out of developed countries, so if you are located in one of the Tier 2 countries, data will have to travel back and forth all the time. This will invariably cause delays in application and website loading time.

Cloud4C tackles this problem head on by being present in 17 countries, including Tier 2 countries. A data center close to your business will save your data transfer time lowering your latency considerably.

Multiple Network Options

With Cloud4C, you can customize every aspect of your set up. You can choose a dedicated network to further minimize your latency. As a carrier neutral data center, we can provide you with a network provider of your choice.

Point of Presence

Cloud4C can provide you with cloud cache or points of presence in 175 locations all over the world. The first time data is transferred, the POPs store the data in cache. That way, the subsequent requests will be faster as the data will be picked up from cache.

Cloud4C has also invested in network optimization tools and you can benefit from these optimized networks. Our experts will help you further enhance your infrastructure so that the entire cloud is optimized for minimum latency. For a detailed discussion of our services you can visit Cloud4C.

Disaster Recovery on Cloud

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Application Management with Cloud DRaaS

Cloud-powered Disaster Recovery service helps organizations in running mission critical applications in the event of disasters. Effective data management without losing access to key data is what the primary data centers are destined for. Maintaining business continuity whenever a disaster occurs is one of the immediate challenges that need to be addressed effectively. Meanwhile, the responsibility of running critical processes with the performance of IT systems maintained intact can be focused flexibly with cloud DRaaS availability.

Disaster Recovery (DR) was traditionally an effective means of data protection only when a disaster threatens complete disruption of organizational services. More specifically, the situation was rampant among mainframes that were based on monolithic infrastructure. DR management evolved of various phases of which the crucial one was shared DR services offered by the dedicated data recovery specialists. Though they catered to the requirements of organizations, their implementation in modern business environments almost seemed to be impractical because of them being more expensive.  This has resulted in disaster recovery on cloud at later stages.

“Secure, global information management with regional data centres is a cornerstone of our cloud strategy, and with the OpenText Cloud European Data Zone we are able to realise that strategy and further support our customers’ evolving needs,” said Gary Weiss, Cloud VP at OpenText.

Primary data centers emerged as the need of the hour to tackle disasters no matter when and how. BC/DR plans were evolved consequently resulting in the establishment of a perfect strategy enabling organizations, especially SMEs, to strengthen their data management practices. Meanwhile, the Internet formed to be the epicenter of DR implementation with the formation of public clouds and conceptualization of virtual data storage. As a result, on-demand data recovery capabilities have been improved and adapted for emerging businesses to a larger extent.

Cloud-based DR services opened up several channels enabling organizations to carve out their own customized cloud disaster recovery plans. To a larger extent, they were perfectly coordinated as per the varying data storage and maintenance requirements. Such services have been necessitated to take care of data during unexpected situations. Relying upon a secondary storage location with data migration services obtained as part of DR management will help in experiencing exceptional quality standards with ease. With the implementation of disaster recovery plans powered through cloud, a continuous business flow has been realized resulting in business continuity.

Strengthening Businesses with Cloud DR

Ever since, the concept of virtualization has struck with modern businesses with great impact, distributed applications forayed into the field offering a wide range of services such as remote management and virtual implementation. In fact, all those businesses relying upon IT services get to obtain valuable benefits such as the ones mentioned below.

Operational continuity of key business processes with location independency

  • Businesses get to enhance their performance capabilities by taking care of multiple operations at the same time resulting in business continuity

Tactical management of business processes in case of disruption to secondary services

  • Disaster recovery based upon cloud will help in executing immediate tasks without affecting the backup services as per the need.

Network maintenance without any overloads with the successful failover of workloads

  • Executing tasks with the realization of component maintenance across various networks will ensure evading of disasters effectively.

Additional strengths of cloud DR such as migrating enormous levels of data during unexpected situations will compound the growth prospects of IT services under challenging environments. On-demand cloud based disaster recovery services could be implemented without influencing the performance of primary data centers.

Managing multiple applications by striking a perfect balance between the key metrics within the organization such as RTO (Recovery Time Objectives) and RPO (Recovery Point Objectives) will help in meeting the core objectives of businesses in an exceptional manner. It is out of context to mention that any organization’s DR requirements will be conceptualized and scaled based on RTO and RPO.

Cloud DR Models – An Introduction with Key Insights

There are three distinctive DR models evolved after determining the prospective requirements of organizations in case of a disaster.

Data Model

Data backup is one of the crucial functions carried out through strategic DR management framework within any organization. This DR model reflects fundamental recovery process during which the first and foremost importance will be given to a single entity known as data. Principally, the actual task involves data protection irrespective of the location including file servers, home directories, and so on. By citing specific DR location in the cloud, the corresponding organizations will be able to access them later in the event of any disasters.

Application Model

Replicating the entire application data into the cloud sensing any disaster is a much more complex process. Secondary deployment of the corresponding application has been made available on a permanent basis with all the data secured at a virtual location. During the entire process of migrating data, the native application plays a key role with the DNS changes handled accordingly. The creation of another instance of application elsewhere will help in data management in the cloud on a consistent basis.

VM Image Model

Of all the DR models in existence, the most comprehensive one is VM image backup. The actual process involves the migration of entire virtual machine image along with the data available. During the process at any level, the necessary access is provided through DNS changes reflecting the fact that VM image has been reduced to a secondary entity. It is because of this flexibility due to which real-time application deployments too are completely monitored and fully protected.