Disaster recovery (DR) operations are an increasing part of the landscape as businesses seek to protect themselves from the vagaries of the power grid. Cloud-based DR systems are proving increasingly popular. What's more, as a report from Zetta (News - Alert) recently detailed, those using cloud-based systems for DR operations are confident that said systems will deliver value over the long term.
The Zetta study revealed that 90 percent of IT professionals using cloud-based systems are confident in the overall DR approach, a sentiment echoed by just 74 percent of those using on-premise solutions alone. When the most common causes of downtime are considered, though, it becomes clear just why a cloud-based system is so worthwhile; the largest source of downtime for most IT pros in the study is power outages, and by a wide margin at 75 percent.
Over half—54 percent—of IT professionals have seen a data outage that lasted at least eight hours in the last five years, which makes finding ways to work around such outages all the more important. With power outages the biggest cause of these, followed by hardware errors at 53 percent and human error at 35 percent—viruses and malware are involved a little over one time in three, and natural disasters one time in five—it's clear what the best way to protect a business against data outages is, and that's power protection systems.
Cloud-based DR systems are a great way to address data outages; by using a cloud-based system, it improves the likelihood that the system will be available. Thus, by having a power protection system in place, businesses can take advantage of cloud-based systems that are likely operating as long as there's power in the place the cloud systems are located, and as long as there's local power sufficient to run the end user hardware.
By having a power protection system, whether it be an uninterrupted power supply that allows users to save work and shut down properly, or a complete generator system, users get the opportunity to carry on even when the power grid doesn't. That can mean the difference between a productive day lost and a productive day merely hampered or otherwise inconvenienced. Given the choice between the two, most would likely rather see inconvenience over loss. This is also where a mobile workforce can be useful, as a localized power outage can be overcome by working from locations that have power.
It's clear that cloud-based DR systems are a great start to protecting an office from data outages, but it's not the only step. The cloud needs to be accessed by hardware devices, and those need local power to work. Power protection systems can make that cloud-based DR a real powerhouse, even when there's no power in the house to speak of.