Cloud based disaster recovery helps companies get rid of onsite backup hardware and software. Furthermore, it can also prove more cost-effective than an in-house solution, as it offers improved support for remote office/branch office locations.
But ironically speaking, not many companies are coming forward to adopt these solutions and the reason is that cloud is being surrounded by various myths and concerns.
So, here’s the list top 5 myths surrounding cloud based recovery services and the underlying facts about them.
Myth 1- Cloud solutions are for disaster scenarios
The industry is infused with terms such as “Business Continuity” and disaster Recovery which make it confusing for business leaders. Even the term “disaster recovery” leads most IT professionals to the wrong path as DR solutions are typically used for ‘disaster scenarios’ and routine recovery operations.
Takeaway- Businesses should first change their mind and stop thinking about disasters and start considering ways to prevent interruptions. Corrupted files, deleted emails, and the occasional server crash are not disasters but can hinder business operations. Cloud based solutions should not be discarded for those situations as they fit into more appropriate situations.
Myth 2- Cloud storage and cloud based disaster recovery are same
With cloud storage proliferation everywhere, there is a false assumption among IT professionals that cloud storage, cloud backup and cloud recovery are one and same. But this assumption is actually false. The actuality is that cloud is like a commodity and cloud based disaster recovery service not only offers the ability to access files, but can enable the user to actually run their system in the cloud.
Takeaway- Better think cloud as a resource which offers on-demand data center that can run operations to ensure business continuity.
Myth 3- Cloud solution is not secure
With media buzzing with reports that hackers are seeing cloud solutions as sweet spots, there is a generalized myth among users that public cloud may not prove as secure platforms to store enterprise data. Well, in the initial days of cloud usage, this myth was a fact. But now, solution providers have improved their security in such a way that they have managed to rise the confidence level among users.
Takeaway-Although we encourage you to do your due diligence before employing any cloud service, the reality is that cloud-based DR vendors can provide Enterprise-grade security that is often better than what your internal IT department has put in place.
Myth 4- Cloud DR is a DIY solution
The liking for DIY solutions is understandable. With low-cost providers like Amazon EC2 and open source projects covering a myriad of needs, experienced technologists can cobble together systems that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. We also see a keen interest in using “best of breed” products to cover a wide range of requirements because the purchase of individual pieces can sometimes appear more beneficial than the investment in an integrated solution.
Takeaway- In the long run, Do-It-Yourself Disaster Recovery will cost more and take more time from the internal IT staff than originally planned. Cloud-based DR solutions can seem more expensive at first, but when looking at the full Total Cost of Ownership and the longevity of the service provided, it typically ends up being a promising approach.
Myth 5- All cloud providers are the same
In most cases, the service offered by the providers can be same. But still, somewhere or the other you can find a difference which can sometimes be confusing. Gartner in its recent “Critical capabilities for recovery as a service” report mentioned about few criterions which can help differentiate most vendors-
- Comprehensiveness- Can the solution protect and recover physical and virtual servers? Laptops and workstations? SQL databases and MS exchange servers?
- Ease of use- Is extensive training and lengthy manuals required or are the solution intuitive, easy to use?
- Self service or managed- Do you have the ability to protect and recover files, databases, entire systems directly from the system interface or does the vendor have to be contacted to assist?
Takeaway: Not all cloud providers are created equal. Do your research and decide on what is important to you, and then find a provider that meets your needs.