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Managing a Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan in 2022 and Beyond

By Prangya Pandab - May 26, 2022 3 Mins Read

Given the increasing adoption of cloud technologies in today’s enterprise landscape, efficiently recovering from disasters that cause service disruption and outages has never been more critical. Cloud-based disaster recovery ensures that data and service uptime of enterprises are restored as quickly as possible.

The cloud appetite of businesses has risen considerably in the last two years. Data breaches escalate due to lax security standards and hasty advancements as more of them use public cloud services. According to Laminar’s State of Public Cloud Data Security Report 2022, more than half of security experts reported their organizations faced an attack in 2020 or 2021. Fifty-eight percent who were hit by the attacks said they couldn’t recover their data.

The advantages of the cloud are undeniable when it comes to disaster recovery planning. A cloud disaster recovery plan is an efficient approach to ensure that the company is safe in the case of a disaster. When a company stores its data in the cloud, it is stored on several offsite virtual servers with overlapping backups, ensuring that no information is lost.

Listed below are a few cloud disaster recovery strategies that can help businesses:

Perform a Business Analysis

Risks come in many different kinds and sizes. A cloud data breach caused by someone holding encryption keys captive, an occurrence that renders a critical program inaccessible, or an unexpected data loss are all possibilities. Any good cloud disaster recovery plan must include a business impact analysis. Its goal is to determine the consequences if any of the company’s operations are disrupted. The business impact analysis focuses on the effects of disrupted operations rather than the reasons and likelihood of failure.

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Define RTO and RPO

When developing an organization’s disaster recovery plan, Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) are important metrics to consider. They ensure business continuity if a particular service is disrupted.

RPO helps a business determine how much data is acceptable to lose in the event of a disaster. On the other hand, RTO defines how quickly an organization’s infrastructure must recover from a crisis and includes disaster mitigation and recovery measures. As a result, evaluating the RTO and RPO can assist businesses in selecting a disaster recovery architecture that would help them achieve their recovery objectives.

Select a Strong Cloud Backup Solution

Powerful cloud-based backup solutions can help businesses limit data loss and avoid paying a ransom for encrypted data. Each backup system moves sensitive data from PCs to cloud storage servers that can be accessed from anywhere over the Internet. A cloud backup service can help businesses keep their data safe and accessible at all times.

Test and Update the Plan Regularly

Regular testing of a disaster recovery plan determines the projected effectiveness of the plan in the case of a disaster. Furthermore, because disaster recovery goals should align with business objectives, the ever-changing business landscape necessitates continuous testing of disaster recovery plans to ensure they are not obsolete.

Information Technology is constantly evolving. As a result, to stay up with technological changes, an organization’s infrastructure must evolve in tandem, testing and upgrading disaster recovery plans to ensure that its efficacy continues to improve.

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Prangya Pandab

Prangya Pandab is an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. She is a seasoned journalist with almost seven years of experience in the business news sector. Before joining ODM, she was a journalist with CNBC-TV18 for four years. She also had a brief stint with an infrastructure finance company working for their communications and branding vertical.

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