With advancements in cloud-based backups, disaster recovery (DR) has become more efficient and affordable than ever. But many business owners still cling to some DR myths that can safely disregard. Here are three of those myths, and the sooner you stop believing them, the better.
Myth 1: Tape backups are the best DR solution
Tape backups are physical objects that deteriorate over time. Try listening to a cassette tape from the ’90s. Similarly, your tape backups will start to fail as the years pass. At first, it will only affect a few files, but you may gradually lose all your data.
Store backups outside the premises in case of a natural disaster. However, if your storage spaces themselves are unsafe from natural disasters, this could pose a problem.
Unlike tape backups, cloud-based backups are safe from deterioration. They are also in storage in multiple secure locations that protect them from natural disasters. This means your data backups are as safe as they can be.
What’s more, cloud-based backups save you time in several ways. Data is automatically backed up online, so you don’t need to manually copy information onto your tapes. You also won’t need to manage boxes of tapes, freeing you to focus on your assigned tasks.
Myth 2: The RTOs you want is too expensive
Essential to any DR plan are recovery time objectives (RTOs), or the ideal length of time needed to get everything running again to avoid serious losses. Before the cloud, a “swift” recovery time would take days and cost up to six figures.
Cloud and virtualization solutions have made this much more affordable and faster than ever before. Most DR providers can back up your critical data in an hour or two. And if you ever need to recover data, most services can do so in less than a day.
Myth 3: Disaster recovery is for big businesses, not SMBs
Because of the astronomical costs previously associated with DR, only big businesses could afford backup and recovery solutions. But now, the cloud has made these valuable services affordable for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). From dental offices to small retail operations, SMBs can now take advantage of the best DR solutions in the market. Advances in IT and the cloud have also eliminated the obstacles of complexity, costs, and insufficient IT resources.
We hope that by dispelling these myths, you will implement a disaster recovery plan (DRP) for your business. Having one DRP is also more affordable and efficient than ever. If you’d like to learn how our disaster recovery solutions can safeguard your business, send us a message and we’ll fill you in.