Cloud back-up and disaster recovery – 'you do need both'

Africa IICD computingThere are more and more companies using cloud-based back-up solutions in Africa, however, the level of recovery their solution provides needs to be addressed. (Image source: IICD)As more organisations become comfortable with cloud-based back-up solutions, it is becoming increasingly important to understand exactly what level of recovery their solution provides, writes Gareth Tudor, CEO of Altonet

While backup is an important part of Disaster Recovery (DR), it is only one component of a full DR system. Just because you have a backup solution in place, does not necessarily mean that you have DR.

For a DR plan to be successful, a number of other parameters and components need to be taken into consideration.

The goal of every DR plan is to get the organisation back up and running quickly in the event of a disaster.

What, how and how often backups are scheduled is an important part of this equation: they will help determine how easily and comprehensively you can recover your operational systems in the event of a disaster and will also impact the rate of recovery, which can directly correlate to potential business loss.

The benefits of cloud-based backup is that it minimises the effort associated with traditional backup processes.

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