How Cloud-Based Systems Support Business Continuity

The pressure of constantly enforcing new technologies has seen many enterprises failing to understand why having a disaster recovery strategy can save them in the event of business disruption. The lack of immediate benefits and the assumption that it won’t happen to them, has prompted managers to wrongfully dismiss this idea, leading to great financial losses.  

With businesses overlooking the importance of developing and implementing a strong business continuity plan, the need to invest in effective cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions has been greater than ever.

In recent months, more and more enterprises have started to notice the value of ensuring business continuity through appropriate disaster recovery planning. The OGL State of Technology Report uncovered that 55% of UK SMEs are considering investing in backup and disaster recovery solutions to improve business efficiencies and drive profitability. 

Historically, cloud services were viewed as niche solutions that only large corporations could afford. However, as more providers entered the market, cloud computing has become the norm and is now widely considered to be one of the best available tools for disaster recovery.

Unlike traditional methods, cloud-based solutions provide reliability at an affordable cost. This means you get to benefit from a comprehensive service without having to pay for expensive hardware that can eventually break down. 

Among its many other benefits, cloud computing supports business continuity by allowing employees to work remotely. All that is needed is a device with an internet connection and having good authentication procedures in place. If your offices are closed for any reason, you can rest assured that workflow is maintained from remote locations. 

Cloud computing enables disaster recovery and business continuity through two main processes:

Backup

One of the major challenges any IT department faces is ensuring that data is being securely stored and that it can be accessed 24/7. In the event of a manmade or natural disaster, cloud solutions can mitigate the impact by acting as a safety net. Data, critical applications and operating systems are readily made available through the internet, enabling users to access them securely from any location. 

Cloud services allow organisations to resume activities as quickly as possible by backing up data as often as real-time. Everything is stored in remote data centres, meaning that whatever happens on-site, you have a backed-up copy stored safely.

Restore

An important element of effective business continuity management is making sure that your data can be easily recovered. Using an experienced disaster recovery service vendor is paramount to reviving critical applications and minimising operational disruption. Disaster recovery solutions enable you to resume your business processes in a timely manner and minimise loss by restoring your IT infrastructure’s capabilities and preventing complete outages. 

Need Help?

If you’re wondering how to implement a business continuity plan using cloud computing and disaster recovery solutions, OGL has the answer. With more than 40 years of experience in the IT sector, we have helped businesses throughout the UK to enforce robust and proven backup and recovery solutions. Our managed systems go beyond what is standard - we provide bespoke cloud recovery services tailored to your organisational needs. 

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