To be a modern and successful company you need to own, manage, and analyze huge amounts of data. The amount of information we all need to manage is growing rapidly as businesses typically need to manage customer bases, mail servers, user workstations, visitor transactions and many other systems.
With all the work you’ve poured into your company, the last thing you want is for it all to go up in smoke. Whether you’re facing a natural disaster, a cyber-attack, or some other unforeseen emergency, having a business continuity plan in place can be crucial for the survival of your company.
Disaster can strike at any time and in most cases with little or no warning. Understand the need – Many companies are so busy in the present moment and they fail to think about the “what ifs” that could be right around the corner. When the sun is shining brightly and everything is working in tip top form, it is easy to overlook the need for a business continuity plan.
Unfortunately, if you wait until you need a plan to devise a plan it is going to be too late. A business continuity plan will outline the steps your company will take immediately after a disaster takes place. This plan will determine how will you continue operations as well as recover and restore any data that was compromised. Without a plan of action for the minutes, hours, and days immediately following a disaster, your business will likely not survive.
A proactive plan can also benefit a business in these three ways:
- The business will feel more prepared to handle the unexpected.
- The business will have a plan to continue providing acceptable service after the disaster.
- The business will better preserve its corporate reputation, image and revenue stream.
Your business relies on the technology to operate, and every user interacting with your IT systems expects round-the-clock availability. But as our reliance on technology grows, so does your need for reliable system up-time. And that’s where Cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure truly excel.
Azure Levels the Playing Field
The Cloud is the great equalizer — it has levelled the playing field for small businesses and has removed many economic barriers. Smaller organizations can now leverage the same enterprise-grade solutions as their larger counterparts. Giving organizations the ability to deploy on-demand resources, scale them at will, and utilize these services on a pay-per-use basis has fundamentally shifted IT operating models.
Microsoft Azure offers organizations a world-class data protection solution. Leveraging the infrastructure scale of Azure, organizations can implement enterprise backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity solutions that are both feature rich and affordable. As Microsoft owns and operates the underlying infrastructure, organizations don’t need to procure any hardware or software. Operating expenses are also much lower, as there is no management or maintenance involved.
Azure Recovery Services is a comprehensive Cloud-based Azure solution that allows you to back up your data and protect your business from the risk of downtime. It offers a single, easy-to-use interface where you can configure a backup, data recovery or business continuity solution. This service allows any subscriber to take advantage of data protection services and only to pay for what they use. With Azure Recovery Services, smaller enterprises can now create a cost-effective, enterprise-grade solution that’s better than many traditional on-premises platforms.
Since most businesses can’t afford any form of downtime, a business continuity solution that ensures high availability should be your top priority. Leveraging Azure, you can rapidly build a resilient solution that ensures your systems remain online. You would also need real-time data replication to ensure your multiple environments remain in sync.
With this strategy, you can still protect your business from an extended period of downtime. By leveraging Azure Recovery Services, you can host offline copies of your virtual machines (VMs) in Cloud. You will also need to set a replication schedule to ensure their states remain as current as possible. Should an unplanned incident take down a single server or your entire primary environment, you can rapidly spin up your Azure VMs and have your services back online in a few minutes. This solution is extremely cost effective. Because you only pay for what you use, Microsoft will only charge you for the storage space your VMs utilize and the computer resources you use when yours VMs are running.
Data backups form the last line of defense and are the foundational component of any data protection strategy. When everything else fails, you can restore your systems and recover your data from an offline, independent copy. However, if you have no high availability, or you have no data recovery solution in place, restoring your systems could take a long time. Most organizations operating in today’s online economy can’t afford an extended period of downtime.
Azure: Flexibility and Cost Savings
Organizations of any size can leverage Azure Recovery Services to implement a comprehensive data and business protection strategy that uses enterprise backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity solutions. Not only is this the most cost-effective way to protect your business, but it’s also a solution packed with the latest features to help you minimize system downtime as well.
Emergencies happen, and it takes preparation ahead of time to ensure your business can weather the storm. Azure gives your IT team the tools they need to prepare for, secure against, and recover from disaster.