Disaster recovery (DR) is the restoration of an entire IT system, consisting of hardware, cloud servers, virtual machines, applications, databases, and more. To prepare for unforeseen problems, backups of critical data and applications are stored on cloud servers so that, should a failure occur, the whole system can be restored quickly, ensuring that business operations can continue uninterrupted.
Even simply storing your data in the cloud in case of hardware malfunctions is not fool proof, however, as cloud computing disasters can occur for a variety of reasons, including power and Internet outages, cyberattacks, and data breaches. This makes putting together a cloud disaster recovery plan essential for any business, as they can include tools for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery measures in the event of a crisis. A strategic recovery plan will also often detail measures for storing multiple copies of your data across geographic locations.