Aug 7, 2013
Thanks to the cloud, organizations now have a failproof way to ensure their data is not only backed up in real-time, but that it can be accessed at anytime, from anywhere.
Richard Cocchiara, an engineer at IBM, recently shared his thoughts on the cloud with NetworkWorld, stating that business resilience and disaster recovery will likely be changed for good because of the technology.
The central message of Cocchiara's interview was simple. If you're going to back up huge amounts of important data, do it in a remote location via the cloud.
"Probably the most basic thing is backing up data offsite. Most large companies have some sort of a backup strategy, but more often than you might think we find companies who are not sending their data offsite or not sending it far enough offsite," Mr Cocchiara warned.
What was most troubling about this finding, he said, was that when firms conducted analyses on the potential disasters in their respective operating areas, many found natural disasters were probable. This alone could compromise a local disaster recovery program.
"Cloud gives them the ability to store data someplace remote, store it online, and to typically recover faster than from tape," he added.
Large businesses have had the resources to store data offsite for years, but thanks to the cloud, this is now a reality for small and medium sized enterprises.
An Oracle standby database is often the most common form of data recovery. A business that runs an Oracle system can easily restore its database in the event of a disaster, or it can set up real-time replication of the system.
Either way, solutions have been developed that have tremendously brought down the costs of Oracle disaster recovery, to which many companies are only now becoming privy.