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Optimal uptime and productivity with cloud-based DR

Optimal uptime and productivity with cloud-based DR

Considering the vast array of catastrophes, from hurricanes to server failures, that can threaten a business' productivity and reputation, more firms are turning to the cloud for improved disaster recovery programs (DR). Cloud-based DR can offer assurance of optimal uptime in the face of any potential incident, which is key for maintaining an edge over competitors and supporting positive client relationships. In order to fully reap these benefits, enterprises considering cloud computing can leverage remote database support for a successful migration process.

Data Center Knowledge contributor Cortney Thompson revealed that the average cost of downtime is between $98,000 and $138,000 and hour, according to Aberdeen research. While Cortney noted that these costs will vary for different businesses, extreme weather events and other threats have forced all firms to consider improved business continuity planning in the cloud. He stressed that losing data can impact employee performance while also affecting customer confidence and profit.

Business 2 Community contributor Lindsey Nelson reported that cloud computing is ideal for these purposes because while traditionally, disaster recovery was a complicated process, requiring firms to move data and apps, execute a patch and load everything back into the data center, the cloud has empowered firms to be hardware-independent and avoid the reload at the end.

Simplified recovery with support
However, Nelson emphasized that before companies invest in a cloud DR solution, it is important to conduct thorough research. Enterprises can ensure more effective integration of these technologies by mapping all data and deploying remote DBA services for support in operating the DR process. Nelson noted that working with? a managed service provider can be optimal for these purposes, because they can offer centralized management for both production and disaster recovery. Nelson also pointed out that some firms would rather backup and restore from the cloud, meaning that data will still be stored at home on-site. This means that data is in the cloud only for emergency purposes and can be reloaded when an incident compromises on-premise systems. Additionally, some enterprises prefer to backup and restore solely in the cloud.

With multiple technology options, businesses need to devise a strategic way of prioritizing the most critical systems for recovery during a disaster. With the help of database experts, firms can define objectives for what information needs to be restored and how quickly during a catastrophic event. 

RDX offers a full suite of cloud migration and administrative services that can be tailored to meet any customer's needs. To learn more our full suite of cloud migration and support services, please visit our Cloud DBA Service page or contact us.

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