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)
- California experienced massive flooding throughout most of February. This led to the mass evacuation of thousands of homes and businesses and left thousands without power.
- The 2017 California Wildfires, which blazed for many weeks, caused more than $18 billion in damages. They also led FEMA to identify nearly 400,000 businesses across the state that faced serious damage or disruption.
The West (Mountain)
- Colorado experienced major hail storms and severe weather in May, which created more than $1.4 billion in damage to the state. Businesses were hit so hard that many office parks, retail stores, car dealerships, and other companies were forced to close their doors—in some cases for months.
- Minnesota suffered hail storms and severe weather in June — strong enough to knock out power to more than 130,000 residents and businesses.
- A series of storms and tornadoes hit the Omaha area of Nebraska, destroying thousands of structures and taking down power to about 75,000 residential and business customers.
- Hurricane Harvey caused more than $125 billion in damages when it hit Texas in August. It was 2017’s costliest natural disaster in the US. The region’s power utilities reported outages to more than 1.6 million residential and business customers.
- Storms struck several Southern states in March—including Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The toll included significant property damage across the region and tens of thousands of residential and business customers without power.
The Mid-Atlantic and New England
- Severe thunderstorms caused major disruption in the Northeast. In all more than 10 million people were left without power across New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maryland, Vermont, and Pennsylvania.
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.
And to learn more about how to set up an effective disaster-recovery strategy, download the eBook Disaster Recovery: Planning Ahead.