August 17, 2022

Disaster recovery in the hyper-modern era

Modern enterprises have started to outsource certain services to trusted third parties rather than managing them internally. The business landscape in the hypermodern era has been significantly altered by these "as-a-service" business models. One such service is disaster recovery for business data.

The cloud is becoming a crucial component of the IT architecture of any successful business and it is revolutionising digital service offerings. Now, managed service providers can offer comprehensive cloud-based IT services. These consist of item-level disaster recovery, automatic backup and secure cloud storage of critical data.

Disaster recovery is a specialised service that, if necessary in a crisis, can save an enterprise millions of dollars. A business may find itself in a challenging situation if it loses its files, information, customer details, or financial records. SEACOM Business offers various cloud-based storage solutions, such as virtual server hosting.

A third-party service provider can often take care of the maintenance and management of these services, which eliminates the issues associated with secure storage and complete recovery of files from cloud-based servers. Generally, businesses prefer it if their IT resources can focus on strategic initiatives that benefit the company and the customers it serves rather than scripting their own disaster recovery measures.

What is disaster recovery?

Disaster recovery, as the name suggests, is the ability to fully recover corporate records, information, applications and data in the case of a cyber attack, natural phenomenon, or server outage. Cloud-based storage and backup is a modern service that can transform the way in which businesses handle their data and records, and enables organisations to create redundancy.

A third party expert will be able to support a business in achieving its strategic objectives when it comes to data recovery. This not only gives a company more time to focus on its key tasks, but it also provides a reliable and affordable solution for digital storage and recovery in the event of any disaster.

Business continuity and disaster recovery are complementary, enabling a company to continue operating with minimal loss of productivity. It only takes a few hours or days to retrieve and restore information, which is a significantly better outcome than complete data loss, company closure or, in the most extreme circumstances, legal action.

Data recovery in the hyper-modern era

Disaster recovery services in the pre-cloud business environment revolved around secondary servers that mirrored the company's data centre. To allow the business to switch to the backup server in the case of a catastrophic event, the entire IT architecture had to be replicated on the recovery site.

In addition to being incredibly time-consuming for the company's IT department, this was very expensive to set up and maintain. To make sure the recovery site was up to date and functioning properly, it needed to be tested and updated on a regular basis. This consumed resources and was not always a successful endeavour.

Cloud-based backup and storage services are far easier to set up and maintain nowadays. Large businesses utilise third-party service providers because they provide round-the-clock support and automated storage system maintenance. This allows the company's IT department to focus on other objectives and in-house services for employees.

SEACOM Business conducts in-depth analysis of a company's digital systems and IT infrastructure to understand how they operate and what dependencies are present throughout the entire business. This allows us to completely understand the requirements and processes of the company before setting up the online backup and recovery system.

Why else is disaster recovery required?

The implementation of secure storage and recovery systems may be required of some enterprises by law, in addition to the obvious reasons of data recovery and business functioning. Large enterprises, including financial institutions, medical facilities and telecommunication providers, should invest in cyber security systems for their storage infrastructure, whether it is cloud-based or on-site, in order to safeguard the personal data of their customers.

All large companies should implement disaster recovery. With years of experience in the IT industry, SEACOM Business has partnered with leading security providers to ensure that business data is securely stored. For more information or to get a quote for our backup and recovery services, email us at or leave us a message.

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