Companies who are apprehensive of migrating business productivity applications to the cloud should consider the built-in redundancy that the cloud is able to provide. From inherent data backups to 99% guaranteed uptimes, businesses of all sizes can enjoy the benefits of enterprise computing power and data recovery options, at a fraction of the cost.
Here are 3 redundancy benefits that cloud-based applications offer companies who migrate from traditional desktop applications:
Automatic Data Backups
When applications and data are stored and processed in the cloud, it provides automatic data backups for mission critical information. For example, Google Docs auto-saves documents in the cloud, and even offers a timeline of revisions to go back to previous versions. If a workstation or device happens to crash or lose power while being worked on, the data that was entered into the cloud application is auto-saved up until the moment of the disruption. Once the device is restarted (or power or network connections are restored), employees are able to pick up right where they started.
Access from Any Device, Any Time, Any Place
Cloud applications allow staff members to access work applications, email, and data securely on almost any device that has an active internet connection. As access to business productivity applications is so flexible when in the cloud, it allows for business continuity should a disruption occur in the office or externally. If an employee’s workstation dies, he or she can easily boot up on a spare laptop or even a personal mobile device until the workstation can be repaired or replaced. Or if internet or electric service to the office is disrupted, employees can continue to access mission critical email. This is a huge benefit for companies that are in areas frequently impacted by bad weather, especially snow. In the event employees cannot make it into the office, they can simply log-in from the comfort of their own homes.
Uptime Guaranteed By SLA
Cloud service providers are able to provide enterprise level redundancy to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Through a complex network of international data centers, and physical redundancy at the disk level within servers of each center, cloud providers are able to ensure almost a continual uptime for data and application performance. Because so many businesses rely on these cloud providers for redundancy and business continuity, uptime is virtually guaranteed by the service providers.
Microsoft offers a Service Level Agreement of 99.9% guaranteed uptime that is financially backed for users who purchase Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions. Microsoft can offer this level of guaranteed service through a combination of physical data redundancy, active load balancing, distribution of services, and continuous testing and monitoring. All of this, including network and application monitoring is included in the Office 365 cloud subscription.
- Google Apps for Work
Google also provides cloud-application solutions with 99.9% uptime. Companies who migrate to Google Apps for Work which include Gmail, Google Docs, and Calendar can work knowing that Google’s network architecture is designed for maximum reliability and uptime. As Google is one of the biggest tech companies in the world with millions of users who rely on their cloud services – Google uses physical redundancy and distribution to make sure that data is distributed across Google’s multiple data centers. This was if a machine—or even an entire data center—fails – data stored in the cloud will still be accessible.