Expect the worst, prepare for the best

Posted on October 10, 2018

Expect Worst

In today’s data-driven world, a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan is no longer just a ‘nice to have’ — it is a core part of every organisation’s strategy.

While a few years ago it may have been considered sufficient to have a backup server ticking over on standby in case of problems with the main system, our ever-increasing dependence on up-to-date data means that’s no longer enough.

At the same time, communications technology has become ever more central to daily business operations, both internally and with external parties.

For these reasons, more and more organisations are migrating from legacy and on-premise IT and communications systems to cloud-based services.

Quite apart from the major benefits of reduced expenditure and increased security, agility and scalability, cloud-based data and telephony gives businesses access to a whole new level of IT resilience.

This allows them to rest easy, knowing they can count on business continuity even in the event of major disasters such as cyber attacks, extreme weather events, human error or sabotage.

Safe in the cloud

Cloud data backup services provide vastly superior resilience to traditional approaches such as tape-based systems. And with no hardware, licensing or capex requirements, they make compelling financial sense too.

In the event of disaster, cloud servers allow clients to rapidly recover data over internet, ethernet, VPN link or dark fibre using end-to-end encryption, hardware storage replication and best-practice MPLS network configurations.

The service includes regular failover testing at no extra cost to ensure your disaster recovery solution is working when you need it.

Telephony that never stops

Because cloud telephony makes it so easy to reroute calls when needed, it allows frontline and other staff to work effectively from any location in the event of a crisis, ensuring continuous service from their smartphones, laptops and tablets.

With critical data and communications running on servers off site, business goes on even when your premises are—literally—under water.

And even in the unlikely event of disaster at a cloud provider’s hosting site, redundant data centres with failover capability seamlessly transfer control to other centres, leaving communication unaffected.

Businesses can unify their communications on a single, integrated cloud platform with a full suite of collaboration tools such as chat, desktop sharing and video/audio conferencing.  

Choosing a vendor

It’s one thing to host your website on the cloud and use a few cloud-based productivity tools, but data management requires a far more considered approach.

Choosing the right vendor is critical to successful migration to cloud-based disaster recovery. There are many who offer such services over the internet, but competing for bandwidth with public internet users can mean degraded communications and low data speeds at critical times, such as during disaster recovery.

One-stop shop

Customers can choose cloud-based services that are public, private or any mix of the two, and they don’t skimp on the features such as DDoS protection, path redundancy or peering that give businesses peace of mind.

To learn more about keeping your business safe in the cloud, call Vocus on 1300889988.

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