Natural disasters may strike any place and at any time, and they occur all too often. Hurricane Sandy, 2015’s extensive flooding in the Southern United States, and, most recently, the wildfires in Fort McMurray all serve as reminders of what may happen to anyone, and to any business. Just as all individuals and families should have an emergency plan in case a natural disaster strikes, all businesses should have a disaster recovery plan in place. Thankfully, the cloud makes creating a disaster recovery plan easy and simple.
Data from Claims Journal shows that 75 percent of businesses lack a disaster recovery plan, or a set of steps to help them resume critical operations as soon as possible after a disaster. Without a backup recovery plan in place, businesses can stand to lose thousands of dollars — $300,000 per hour on average, according to Gartner — and they have no way to:
Additionally, businesses may also risk missing orders and failing to answer customer inquiries if they don’t have access to relevant customer information and purchase history. While customers are generally understanding when a business is affected by a natural disaster, failing to resume operations promptly, leaving orders unfulfilled and questions unanswered, may tarnish a company’s reputation.
There are many reasons why businesses delay creating a disaster recovery plan or neglect to altogether. The recent wildfires in Alberta, however, serve as only one of many reminders that disasters may strike any company, at any time and in any place. All businesses need to be prepared for the worst.
Thanks to the cloud, creating disaster recovery plans has never been easier. With cloud-based solutions, businesses can:
Best of all, a cloud-based disaster recovery plan is nearly automatic once it’s set up. Data can be backed up at regular intervals or anytime a file is updated, and it’s all stored on a provider’s secure servers. The data backup provider takes care of creating backups and ensuring they’re safeguarded. If they’re ever needed, the provider will also make sure they’re readily available.
Among the available cloud-based disaster recovery solutions, the Microsoft Azure Cloud stands out. The Microsoft Azure Cloud is right for many businesses, because it is:
Most importantly, the Microsoft Azure Cloud is trusted — by many businesses. To see why small and large businesses throughout the country and all over the world rely on the Microsoft Azure Cloud as their data recovery plan, contact us at (905) 907-3600. We’d be happy to show you what the cloud can do for companies, and to help you set up a hassle-free yet reliable disaster recovery plan with the Microsoft Azure Cloud.