One of the most dreaded modern inconveniences is a power outage. While the majority of the communication breakthroughs from the past decade have made it easier to stay in touch, a simple blackout can render most of those technologies useless. Even worse, blackouts and other power surges can fry hard drives, causing a company to lose enormous amounts of crucial data. The damages that an organization faces when its billing and work records have been wiped can be catastrophic, and can occasionally shutter a company. However, new techniques for avoiding this fate can be found by those investing in strong cloud support. Remote server infrastructure that keeps the cloud stable can enable a company to keep on operating in the face of a local server wipe, and even proceed on as usual that same day.

Cloud backup makes recovery hugely different from the past. It used to be that organizations had backup tapes, zip drives and other physical backups that had to be mailed to servers around the company. Sometimes this process would involve the data being sent on trucks because of the sheer amount of information and scale of the company necessitated it. Now, however, those that invest inthe private cloud can simply back up from their always-on access to remotely stored files.  There's not even much of a need for a long reboot process – automated backups can simply be enabled to happen whenever something terrible occurs. This lets companies get right back to business without being stuck dealing with a backlog for days. Server failures that used to spell weeks or months of toil to get a company back to where it was simply aren't a problem anymore, and it's all thanks to the cloud. 

Virtual servers allow for the best, fastest, recovery
Those that invest in virtualization or virtual cloud servers can expect similarly strong results. In fact, companies that allow employees to work remotely may not even lose the business days where their office shuts down. Imagine: if every worker has a connection to the cloud and a laptop, they can work from the coffee shop down the street. Any incredibly important reports or similar paperwork could just be done by workers from their own homes or from the comfort of a nearby wireless-enabled restaurant. Mobility gives a company options it would simply have been unable to pursue previously. 

While this may seem like something that only the biggest organizations have access to, always-on connectivity is becoming the norm.  It is likely that this trend of connectivity will continue to the point that what's in a given office or data center may not matter alt all. After all, one of the much-touted benefits of cloud backup is a reduction on the reliance on local on-premises servers. Now may be the time that companies are beginning to fully realize how powerful those benefits are. 

Companies interested in business continuity should see many benefits if they can make the switch to cloud based services. With lightning fast speeds, immunity to local server crashes, and  a likely reduction in IT overhead, the private cloud allows a company to reduce headaches and save a lot of money in the long run.