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Disaster recovery as a service is important! Disasters are an unfortunate and inevitable situation in the world of technology. Between cyber attacks, hardware failures, power outages, and natural disasters, you need assurance that your protected servers will remain functional. That’s why disaster recovery is more than a service. It’s a solution.

Disaster recovery as a service

Disaster recovery as a service

According to a recent article from IT ProPortal, a survey found that 89 percent of IT professionals at small to mid-sized companies plan to implement more cloud-based disaster recovery within the next year. However, 64 percent of them are currently getting disaster recovery services from three or more different products, and a quarter of them are relying on at least five products. 9 out of 10 companies wish to consolidate their disaster recovery solutions.

In spite of all the products being used, the vast majority of these companies report that it takes more than an hour for their systems to recover from a power failure, and more than a quarter need at least two hours. Time is money, and 72 percent of the companies surveyed stated that the speed of their backup and recovery is critical to their business.

WHOA offers disaster recovery as both a service and a solution. We eliminate the complexity and the cost of building fully redundant systems by continuously replicating your data, website, and applications to a WHOA data center of your choice. Some of the scenarios available through our service include WHOA Secure Cloud to WHOA Secure Cloud, WHOA Private Cloud to WHOA Secure Cloud, and Customer on Premise Cloud to WHOA Public Cloud. We are able to provide a solution that can have your servers up and running within an hour.

For more information on our DRAAS (disaster recovery as a service) solution, contact us.

Cloud computing isn’t just one of the latest trends. It’s also a smart move for many small business owners. If you’re still on the fence about how you want to handle your data storage needs, check out these advantages of cloud computing to help make your decision.

Advantage #1: Save Vital Space

If you choose to host your server internally, you’ll need space for it: a server room and a cooling system can’t simply be stuck in a corner. Instead, save vital space by turning to cloud options. There’s no on-site storage, so you don’t have to worry about finding a place to put it.

Advantage #2: It Grows With Your Business

The size of your business could change at any moment. You might decide to add a partner, suddenly increase the size of your client base, or find yourself adding new services faster than you thought you would. When you choose cloud computing, you won’t have to worry about whether or not your servers will be up to the challenge.

Advantage #3: Cloud Computing Comes with Tech Support

You need to know that your system will keep running smoothly no matter what comes your way, and cloud computing can help make that happen. With tech support that understands the specific challenges faced by cloud users, you can rest assured that your technology will keep running according to your expectations. When it doesn’t, it’s easy to get in touch with tech support to set things to rights!

Advantage #4: Outages Are Minimal

Outages are one of the worst things for your business. You can’t get any work done, you might not be able to contact your clients, and there’s often no way to tell when your system will be back up and running again. Thankfully, with cloud computing, outages are minimal. When you need a system you can count on, cloud computing is the way to go!

Advantage #5: Spread Out the Cost

As a small business owner, you’re operating on a tight budget. Cloud computing allows you to spread out the cost over the lifetime of your usage, rather than finding it necessary to pay for a server as part of your up-front cost.

For many small business owners, the choice is easy: cloud computing makes it easier to get the job done. If you’re ready to choose a cloud option for your workplace, contact us today to learn how we can help make your plans reality.

These days, businesses that haven’t moved to the cloud are increasingly rare. Moving to the cloud is no longer about gaining an advantage over competitors; instead, it’s about keeping up with them. Analysts at Cisco predict that yearly global cloud IP traffic in 2020 will reach 14.1 zettabytes (ZB), a more than three-fold increase from the 3.9 ZB traffic in 2015.

For reference, one zettabyte is a trillion terabytes, and even just one terabyte can hold 40 days’ worth of movies. But some businesses are still reluctant to move forward with cloud-based solutions, held back by myths and misinformation.  Here are 3 common cloud computing myths, debunked:

1. Data in the cloud is vulnerable to hackers

Gaurav Pal of the SearchCloudComputing Advisory board cites security concerns as the top reason that businesses who have not yet migrated to the cloud are reluctant to do so.

In reality, all data is somewhat vulnerable to hackers, just like going to public places makes a person vulnerable to germs. However, most people don’t let fear of catching a cold turn them into agoraphobic shut-ins; instead, they take reasonable precautions and practice good hygiene. Similarly, security fears should not hold businesses back when it comes to taking advantage of the cloud.

2. Data in the cloud is not as readily available as on-site data

In today’s hyper-connected world, data stored in the cloud can be securely accessed from anywhere. Businesses need to be smart about evaluating their own access needs and carefully consider whether they are letting tradition and unfounded fears guide their thinking.

3. Cloud services are much more expensive than in-house IT

It is difficult to compare the cost savings of using on-demand cloud services compared to on-premises IT solutions because the traditional model is very different from the more elastic model of cloud computing.

In addition, costs such as facilities and power costs are easy to overlook. However, most companies will actually save money by migrating to the cloud.

Ready to learn more about how cloud computing can help your business thrive?  Please contact us.

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