There are two main types of disaster recovery: offsite and cloud based. The first of these requires you to analyse and define which of your data you’d like to protect, and then work out a budget to support this type of recovery plan. Because you are effectively supporting double the amount of data, this can become expensive.
Cloud based data recovery allows you to protect your production environment without the expense or management burden of traditional solutions. With minimal upfront costs, you can replace or improve on your current setup with newer functionality, often with no capital investment. It’s also incredibly flexible in terms of scaling.
There are several types of cloud based disaster recovery including virtualization, private, public or hybrid cloud solutions. Which of these is right for your organisation will depend on the amount of data you are looking to protect, your recovery time objectives and your budget, as well as security, performance and compliance factors. For some organisations, disaster recovery might mean simply taking a backup of company databases. For others, it is ensuring there are a farm of servers ready to take over production in a moment’s notice. Cloud disaster recovery is scalable enough to meet each requirement.