“Bring on the flooding, bring on the earthquake, bring on the raging fires and let them burn my office to the ground… you can’t destroy my business because my data is in the cloud” – Classroom chant 2011.
Ok so it isn’t, I just made that up, but don’t all chants consist of what is happening in the real world?
It seems that everywhere you look in the world there is a disaster going on. Earthquakes are increasingly hitting Christchurch in New Zealand, and Japan suffered one of the most devastating disasters we have seen since the Boxing Day Tsunami just earlier this year. And the question on everybody’s lips was ‘why weren’t they prepared?’ The country of Japan is wedged between two fault zones, so surely they’d think twice about erecting buildings without large amounts of structural reinforcement. Unfortunately this was not the case for everyone. So where does this tie in with cloud computing, you ask?
Protecting your files and data is like providing a structural reinforcement for a building. It’s a back up that will safeguard your business when things go wrong. You may not be hit by a tsunami, but you could very easily get your server stolen or be affected by a virus, and all of a sudden all of your records are lost because you only stored them in one place. You can easily replace servers and laptops; but once data is lost, it is lost forever- unless you use the cloud.
This is where I introduce you to the world of the cloud and to the commodity of storage. Preparing for a natural disaster is like planning for data loss. It is about creating redundancies. This means having twice the data at two remote locations and having copies of your data at remote locations as well. When you store your additional copy of the data to the cloud you benefit from its global spread and high redundancy that only the cloud can bring.
So, the least thing your company must do in its business plan is to have a plan in place to show how the data can survive in any eventuality. My job at Waxtie is to educate the business leaders with what is possible in IT storage today and to bring you peace of mind when there is not peace on earth.