When you hear the phrase, ‘multi-cloud backup and disaster recovery,’ you might feel overwhelmed at the idea of it. Using a cross-region disaster recovery strategy with one cloud provider, as opposed to implementing a multi-cloud system, is an easy option, but is it the best one? We’ve found some reasons why multi-cloud backup and disaster recovery is worth the effort.
A Region Failure Can Cause a Capacity Jam for Other Regions
When using a cross-region strategy with a single cloud provider, businesses will usually have their disaster recovery infrastructure set up on the east coast as well as the west coast. While this appears to cover you in the event of a disaster, there’s an issue with this strategy. If the infrastructure on the east coast failed, you would still have the west coast region. However, the western region’s infrastructure would run out of capacity because of the additional load. When making use of two cloud providers, this is not an issue. In addition to this, the likelihood that both cloud providers would be down in the same regions at the same time is very low, giving your data more reliable protection.
Setting Up Multi-Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery is Easier Than You Think
While implementing a fully formed and automated backup and disaster recovery plan across multiple cloud platforms is difficult, you have the ability to start smaller than that. You can begin by using multiple cloud providers for a small number of essential infrastructure elements for disaster recovery. Examples of these elements would be the replication of specific data sets, or automating a certain disaster recovery service.
Using Multiple Clouds Protects Data From Being Accidentally or Intentionally Deleted
If you store all of your data on one cloud, and an employee accidentally deletes all of it, along with the backups, you’ll struggle to get any of that data back. This issue is the same when a hacker intentionally deletes your accounts and data, causing you to spend time and money on recovery. The use of a multi-cloud backup and disaster recovery solution mitigates this issue by reducing the risk of data loss. With a multi-cloud environment, you will be able to keep one environment operational when the other goes down, giving you the ability to recover deleted files more easily.
The threat of downtime is real for businesses. In order to succeed, organizations must be cognizant of that by looking into any opportunities that could lower their potential data loss. Though using multi-cloud backup and disaster recovery takes more effort, the extra security it offers makes it a viable option for reducing downtime and data loss.
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