Alex Jenkins
IT Consultant

A Cloudy Forecast is Good News

For the everyday small-to-medium sized company, there are limits on what you can do in the case of a data disaster. CIOs have traditionally been hard-pressed to find a solution for data recovery, as well as identifying and wighing possible present and future risk. Plans are generally high-cost, and the chances of accurate prediction of the risk factors are poor.

So what are SMOs to do? Well, the answer is now becoming clearer: the Cloud. Cloud based disaster recovery is starting to emerge as the new method for your data recovery – and a low-cost option that has previously been impossible to consider.
As CAPEX expenditure has shrunk, there are a limited supply of things that can be done. Thankfully, the Cloud is proving to be a useful walking horse. The MENA region (Middle East North Africa), has always been in need of an option to secure data, but has seldom had the opportunity or the high levels of resource allocation that is needed.

In the past, this was always managed internally, so if your company wasn’t of a large enough size, then the alternatives were, to say the least, dangerous. It was necessary – and sometimes by law – to have a full reproduction of the host system by default. This option is often expensive – and dangerous in that the this reproduction was held in the same physical location as the original. To escape this situation, most companies could not figure out a solution that was within their budget. Add to that a new era where falling oil prices are hamstringing economies on a scale not seen since the global market catastrophe back in 2009.

The disaster comes at a price, however. If a team doesn’t have the back-up of critical information, based on the type of industry they’re operating in, the costs can be awful – and they can be disastrous. Outages range in cost between $5,000 to as high as $5m.
The good news is that over the recent past storage cost has come down with remarkable rapidity. Compliance and cost can now come to an agreement through use of the cloud. In MENA, that’s great news, so your company can find an effective solution to your disaster recovery programme – and at a cost you can afford. MENA is moving towards an annual growth rate of over 40% in cloud provision. This figure is the highest in the world. This means that your business – and others like it – can start using the cloud to cover you. You will be able to afford the stable outsourced provision of DRaaS – or disaster recovery as a source.

DRaaS is new, and is being introduced as a tailored service for small to medium enterprises. It provides a service where you use a service provider to give you a central source where you can copy your data and applications. It is cheap and easy to take advantage of. Then, of course, your small to medium sized company offers you something that is not possible to supply in house at the level of cost you’re looking for. It also offers larger companies that can be scaled up according to theoir particular business requirement.

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