Cloud computing continues to advance every aspect of businesses and one such popular application of it is for boosting the resilience of entire IT systems against disasters. This growth is worth noting as Gartner predicts that by 2018, the number of organizations using cloud-based disaster recovery or the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) model will exceed the number of organizations using traditional recovery services.
There are many good reasons for companies to embrace DRaaS. Primarily, according to leading cloud services, the main motivation for this is the dramatic reduction in downtime. This is crucial since employee productivity, consumer experience, and revenue start to decline whenever downtime halts operations.
“With traditional means, it can take more than 24 hours to bring up or recover servers, depending on the data. Also, since customary methods mostly require the use of physical hardware such as storage disks, you can’t discount the possibility that there might be nothing to recover as they can get damaged or lost during disasters,” explained IPC Chief Operating Officer, Dave de Leon. “With DRaaS, on the other hand, we can recover data in a few minutes and it only requires an Internet connection.”
Advantages of DRaaS
DRaaS is a model that takes advantage of cloud storage and backup services to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. Put simply, it involves creating an on-demand, cloud-based replica of the operational IT environment through virtualization. We can then initialize this environment quickly and easily when it’s necessary. This service is ideal in the case of disasters of different origin. However we will be synchronizing the virtual infrastructure for any changes and testing it periodically depending on the defined recovery point objective (RPO). The RPO will determine the maximum targeted period in which you can lose data due to incidents and disasters.
“The fact that the data backed up using DRaaS is in the cloud means that it is unlikely to be affected by the same disaster that affects a company’s main offices. It would be similar to having off-site, redundant backup servers in regions far away from the company’s location but costs much less,” said de Leon.
Instant recovery on demand
Cloud-based disaster recovery couldn’t have come at a better time with global downtime costs already skyrocketing. As reported in the latest global cost measurement study done by Information Technology Intelligence Consulting (ITIC), 81% of companies lost more than $300,000 (PHP15,600,000) due to downtime. Additionally, 98% of large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees said that an hour of downtime per year costs over $100,000. And 33% of companies indicate that they lost $1 million or more.
“The cloud makes the whole process incredibly cost-effective. Especially for smaller companies who can’t afford to maintain a physical disaster recovery environment 24/7.”Dave de Leon, IPC Chief Operating Officer.
For IPC, these figures just show why companies should turn to the cloud for disaster recovery. With its virtualization ability, the entire server’s operating system, applications, patches, and data are encapsulated into a single software bundle or virtual server. We can copy or back up this entire virtual server to an offsite data center in a matter of minutes. Additionally, the company notes that the move also frees businesses from the requirements necessary to maintain a disaster recovery program. This is so because cloud service providers who offer DRaaS will also manage and operate the entire system.
“The need to minimize downtime and ensure faster recovery against disasters has become much more important, critical even, as technology is now considered vital for success,” notes de Leon.
As a local cloud computing pioneer, IPC, together with partner CloudSigma, offers one such virtualized IT infrastructure environment called IPC CloudServers IPC CloudServers that is able to migrate itself every 15 minutes, and assures a recovery time of as little as two minutes after a disaster. Enhanced resiliency is also provided by IPC’s state-of-the-art data center, VITRO Data Center Parañaque. The facility features fully redundant services, designed to withstand calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons.
With CloudServers, customers can perform provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources at one’s discretion. This means that you can purchase CPU, RAM, storage, and bandwidth independently to allow the best combination of cloud resources without the limitation of fixed sizes. We bill each resource separately and transparently as a subscription or in pay-as-you-go, 5-minute billing segments. So, this allows customers to track exactly how much their cloud servers cost over time.
“Our fully integrated DRaaS solution dramatically reduces the cost of implementing disaster recovery across various systems. Not only that, but it also significantly improves recovery time compared to conventional or traditional disaster recovery approaches. The cloud is in a unique position to transform the resilience of IT systems.”Robert Jenkin, CloudSigma CEO & Co-founder.
“The need to minimize downtime and ensure faster recovery against disasters has become much more important, critical even, as technology is now considered vital for success,” said de Leon.
For more information about Cloud-based disaster recovery, visit www.ipc.ph/en/cloudservers.
IPC® (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.) is an Internet data center, telecommunications and cloud services company. It provides local and regional enterprises with managed data services and business solutions at international standards. It’s certified with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems and ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management Systems. The foundation of IPC’s business is customer satisfaction and effecient problem solving. This they ensure through high-quality on-time service delivery, great practices, and a personalized, “boutique” approach to clients. IPC is an ePLDT company. To know more about IPC, visit www.ipc.ph, like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.
CloudSigma is a pure-cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider. Our main focus is enabling the digital economy through our flexible, enterprise-class hybrid cloud servers and global cloud hosting solutions. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving customers full control over their cloud. It eliminates restrictions on how users deploy their computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources as they please. As well as extend private networks out of existing infrastructure and elastically into CloudSigma’s IaaS cloud. We use this strategy in order to create easy to manage and transparent hybrid cloud solutions. For more information, please visit CloudSigma.com, or find the company on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Guest PR by Mika Calixterio – Head-Corporate & Marketing Communications, IPC.
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