Data recovery is the motive for data backup. The backup process will be meaningless and useless if the data that is backed up cannot be recovered for any reason. So, talking about reliable disaster recovery is an imperative for any organization planning to put in place any kind of backup and recovery system.
A reliable cloud based disaster recovery system will facilitate the continuous protection of workloads across platforms and devices. The consolidated data storage and recovery platform will receive inputs from servers, desktops, laptops or hand held mobile devices wherever they are located and allow even bare metal recovery of information instantly. Additionally, the system will create high redundancy by permitting standard file based replication or high speed block level replication for high transaction workloads, email and database servers. Incremental transfer protocols will ensure that changes to data sources alone are replicated and WAN usage is minimized and optimized for efficiency of backup and restore. Further, SAN protection will be seamlessly integrated with the cloud software to create simultaneous remote and local backup and recovery options.
Reliability of cloud based disaster recovery can be tested with great ease. The test is a one click process that can validate the recovery plan with no disruption of the production workload.
Cloud based disaster recovery systems come with user friendly dashboards that allow users to take control of a rich monitoring, reporting and actionable data recovery system. Users can easily manage all aspects of the backed up workload and ensure that they receive email alerts every time there is a server downtime or a disaster. The reports provide a quick view on how the protection resources are being used and highlights the gaps between actual versus target recovery time and recovery point objectives. The protection logs demonstrate the success of replication or recovery tests that have been initiated and concluded and audit trials track user activity at granular levels to guard against disaster. The data storage and recovery systems facilitate e-discovery for fulfilling legal requirements and help users keep tabs on whether service level agreements (SLAs) are being met or violated.
In short, cloud based disaster recovery protocols are designed to meet the challenges of the changing business environment. Reliable DR (Data Recovery) holds out unprecedented hope for business continuity in the face of disaster.