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What Is Cloud Disaster Recovery?

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Businesses have never been more at risk from natural disasters, cyberattacks, and human mistakes than now. Which is why they have to protect themselves by having a cloud disaster recovery (DR) plan in place should the worst happen, which will allow them to continue operating.
By, Jonathan Mack

Businesses have never been more at risk from natural disasters, cyberattacks, and human mistakes than now. Which is why they have to protect themselves by having a cloud disaster recovery (DR) plan in place should the worst happen, which will allow them to continue operating.

Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

With disaster recovery as a service, your business can benefit from a cloud computing model that allows you to easily back up your entire IT infrastructure in a cloud environment provided by a third-party cloud provider. This beats traditional disaster recovery as you'll be able to set it up faster, save data from anywhere, and recover important data at any time.

By removing the need to build and manage your organisation's own off-site disaster recovery infrastructure, DRaaS can help your businesses save money.

There are typically three main models when it comes to disaster recovery as a service:

  • Managed DRaaS: This is when a third party handles all the responsibility for your data recovery.
  • Self-service DRaaS: This is the least expensive option and it's when you are responsible for your own disaster recovery planning.
  • Assisted DRaaS: If you want to be responsible for some of the aspects of your business's disaster recovery planning, or have specific applications that could be challenging for a third party to handle, this can be a good option.

Why cloud-based disaster recovery is important

By protecting your business from data loss or theft, IT disaster recovery planning can deliver business resilience. Data recovery planning allows your data to be preserved safely within your infrastructure and comply with the most recent security standards.

Additionally, it minimises disruption of crucial procedures and protects business operations.

Planning for disaster recovery promotes business continuity by enabling fast infrastructure restoration, preventing protracted downtime, and significantly reducing the cost impact on your company.

Here are some of the benefits of cloud computing:

  • Scalability. Since you can easily back up resources in the cloud, your disaster recovery strategy can grow as your business grows. This eliminates the need for scaling up in-house IT infrastructure.
  • Easy to set up. A cloud disaster recovery plan is easy to set up compared to setting up an in-house IT system.
  • Multiple countries. Traditional backup systems aren't normally set up to run in multiple countries. But with cloud disaster recovery you can recover data from different geographic locations since you can connect to the cloud at any time.

Cloud disaster recovery

A comprehensive cloud disaster recovery plan can help your business get back up and running as soon as possible, with minimal impact on your daily operations.

Some of the important aspects of any disaster recovery plan include:

Contingency planning

Together with your team of cloud experts, you need to evaluate your needs for data backup and recovery as well as any existing disaster recovery services you may have. Evaluate the objectives for restore points and recovery times. This will allow you to develop the best cloud DR solution.

Disaster recovery implementation

You can work with your IT team to configure and implement your disaster recovery strategies.


You'll need to keep an eye on your disaster recovery implementation on a daily basis to make sure everything goes smoothly and according to plan. When disaster strikes, your proactive IT support team can collaborate with you to carry out your disaster recovery plan.


Your business operations are potentially at risk on a number of fronts, from an unwelcome visitor holding infrastructure ransom to flooding or fire destroying hardware, or a cease in working due to a human disaster.

With a solid disaster recovery plan in place, your business can recover faster and get back to normal operations with minimal loss. At Swiftcomm, we can handle your disaster recovery plan requirements and ensure that your business avoids losing data, money, and time.

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