Cloud Competency: What is Cloud Disaster Recovery

April 11, 2016

Cloud Competency: What is Cloud Disaster Recovery
Your business and the critical systems that support it are vital to your internal and external users. In an age where users access business systems from around the globe at any time, can your business recover from a disaster that brings down your production site?

When a disaster strikes, businesses need to have a disaster recovery plan in place to successfully failover business-critical systems and data. However, due to resource constraints, many small and medium sized businesses find it difficult to design, onboard, and maintain a physical disaster recovery environment. This is where a cloud-based disaster recovery solution comes in.

What is Cloud Disaster Recovery?

Cloud disaster recovery or cloud DR is a strategy that provides a secondary virtualized site for an individual, business-critical system to “flip” to in the event of a disaster. By providing the minimum infrastructure required to temporarily host your business-critical systems, cloud DR assists in minimizing business downtime in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Benefits of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery in the cloud can provide many benefits to SMB businesses including:

DR in the cloud can prove to be a cost-effective solution primarily due to the decrease in IT infrastructure and resources they enable and the significant cost reductions that result

Cloud-based DR can provide enterprise-grade security that is often superior to what an internal IT department can implement as many hosting providers require multi-factor authentication to limit and record datacenter access and activity

Solving for bandwidth issues can be addressed through various strategies including geographic location, dedicated connections, cloud caches and traffic optimization

A disaster recovery plan should be unique to business and user needs. Recovery time objectives (RTOs)—how quickly a business can return to business after a disruption—recovery point objectives (RPOs)—how often the business synchronizes its date--will drive the overall strategy of the DR approach

Developing a Cloud DR Strategy

Because every business and environment is different, including the markets they serve and the industry-specific applications required to conduct business, there is no silver bullet to a cloud DR strategy. A solid cloud DR plan should be tailored to the business model and requirements of the organization.

Creating a cloud DR strategy should begin with an audit process to understand the unique services, data types and industry applications of the organization, and the priority of each relating to downtime and the mission critical status for continued operation of the business.


The evolution of the cloud has provided for the growth of DR options, enabling significant cost savings and multiple DR methods for SMBs. With a dedicated disaster recovery plan, testing and organizational preparation, disaster recovery in the cloud cannot only save time and money, but your business as well.