Most cloud backup and DR solutions don’t have enough redundancy. More specifically, they lack one of the most important types: geographic redundancy. Here’s why that is vital to any effective backup or DR infrastructure.

Imagine you have an online service that backs up and protects your corporate data, applications, and systems at an offsite data center. In theory, if the digital infrastructure in your office went down for some reason, or if an employee accidentally deleted important files, you could access those assets from your cloud providers’ data center. So far, so good. 

But where exactly is that data center? And is it the only physical location where your backup and DR provider keeps your company’s data? If that’s so, your company’s digital assets are still at risk—because businesses in every region of the US suffer regular disasters.

Disasters strike every region of the US

A look at just one recent year, 2017, demonstrates that major natural disasters strike each region of the country. Remember, any of these disasters would be strong enough to take down access to an offsite data center located in the region—which is why you can’t rely on just one facility in one region for your online backup and DR.

The West (Pacific)

The West (Mountain)

The Midwest

The South/Southeast

The Mid-Atlantic and New England

You Need a Backup and DRaaS Provider with True Geo-Redundancy

Yes, you need to back up your company’s digital infrastructure to an offsite location. But because any location itself could suffer the very disasters you’re trying to protect your business from, you’ll need to make sure your plan includes geographical redundancy—meaning your data backed up in several geographically distinct regions at all times.

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