cloud computingCloud Computing Disaster Recovery is a cost effective way to stay in the game when everything comes crashing down. Cloud Computing refers to storing your files onto servers across the world that will ensure your data is always available. When you use a cloud computing service for backups there are a few ground rules.

When you first setup to the cloud, you are required to either upload your data or “sync” specific folders on your computer to the cloud network so that there is always an exact copy available online. Second, if you suffer a hard-drive crash and wish to restore your data, you should consider buying a new hard-drive and downloading your backup data onto the new drive. Third, and this is a leap of faith, many users are working directly on the cloud and accessing files remotely without saving them to their hard-drive.

Working in the cloud exclusively is becoming standard practice among certain groups, but be aware and always “sync” your local drive to the cloud so that you can access your files if your internet ever goes out, or your access to the cloud service is unavailable. Although the nature of cloud computing means more uptime, Murphy’s Law will always triumph.

The beauty of cloud computing disaster recovery is that your data is stored in multiple locations and if the cloud network ever does go down, another “node” in the cloud picks up the slack. During emergencies, cloud based systems are redundant and established enough to redirect all internal network routing to the nearest available node, sacrificing mere milliseconds in the process and bringing the world closer together when we need to be connected the most.

Article by Scott Huotari, President CCSI, Google | LinkedIn