There are a number of cloud storage providers today, depending on your size of business. A number of these providers offer Backup as a Service (BaaS) or Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). You can do well to locate a provider that offers you fixed prices for their services, so you can manage a budget for your backups. In all probability, the cost will be far lesser than what you would have had to spend in order to have an effective on-site storage.
Drag and drop cloud storage
Carbonite is one such example. They offer different fixed priced tiered plans to small and mid-sized businesses.
Google, Microsoft and Dropbox are some other well-known cloud providers out there today, and even offer single system solutions. Users can directly drag and drop the file to a folder in their desktop and it’s synced with the cloud. Google gives all of its users 15 GB of storage and users can upgrade to 100 GB or more of storage monthly. Do remember that drag and drop but do note that they are not that well suited to disaster recovery solutions.
You need to look out for cloud providers that offer DRaaS solutions. Data needs to be encrypted even on the go to prevent it from being stolen, something Barracuda's Copy.com fails to do by only encrypting data on its servers.
How does a Data Recovery Plan Work?
You need to look out for DRaaS offerings from providers like Microsoft and Amazon. These companies offer you leased storage space on their servers and companies like Rackspace offers what they call Rackspace Replication Manager, which is an enterprise-class DRaaS. Rackspace claims that their work eliminates data going missing because of human error, an often-related reason for deleted data.
A lot of us consumers believe that DR recovery solutions only exist for organizational use. Do note that you always need to lookout for the providers recovery credibility before hiring them. Here is what you need to consider before hiring the right cloud provider.
Does the cloud provider have the necessary resources to meet the client IT needs and requirements? Normally, the organization may need to spend up around 5-7% of its total IT budget on effective DR solutions. You need to ensure that the provider can work with your budget.
2. Do you need fully managed DRaaS?
If you have software engineers at your organization, you might want to do it yourself. However, you need to be able to read and respond to data in log files. That’s why you can have fully managed DRaaS solutions, especially if the provider has off-site storage facilities of its own.
3. Understand the RPO and RTO
Does hiring the provider solve your Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)? You need to ensure that the backups are monitored, or else the recovery may not be successful.
It is also important to check whether the provider addresses the required security and compliance issues. An organizations’ storage needs can store in cloud or use a hybrid method, but a disaster recovery plan is essential.