What If?

by Larry Emmott on September 10, 2010

in Security

When planning for disaster recovery there are two different issues which need to be addressed. These issues are related but really quite different. That is data recovery and business continuity.

If you lost your data due to a fire or other disaster you could recover it almost immediately with the use of a simple off site back up. That is data recovery. You would have the data but your business would still not be running unless you could access the data in a useful way. That second phase is business continuity.

To use the recovered data you will need a computer (ultimately a whole computer network) configured in roughly the same fashion as the lost hardware. You will need all the software including networking, links or data bridges installed and configured with the same versions and preferences as the system which was lost. In most cases that means installing from the original disks. You will need product codes and passwords.

With a good backup you could have the data immediately. However it could take a technician days to install and configure a computer to use the data.

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Joe Spencer September 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

All of that is true, unless you use cloud computing. If there is a computer crash, bring in your laptop from home and you are operating as usual.

Doing backups is such a pain that most people don’t do them, and they never test the backups for validity if they do. Often times the database files don’t all backup because someone is still in a client server application that accesses the database. All of that is a non-issue if people use the cloud.

Beyond the security of a much more reliable way to computer, there is the cost issue. On the cloud, all you need is a browser… no monster network with massive upfront costs. In my business, I do as much as possible on the cloud. I use Google for document storage and email.

Dentists even have a cloud based option for their Practice Management Software. I just read this morning about Curve Dental. They operate on the cloud. If the service does all that a dentist needs, why would anyone pony up the big dollars for an expensive network and client server software? The article said they charge $300 a month. That seems like a good deal compared to the $15k -$20k needed to buy Dentrix.

Dr. Emmott, you may know… Does Curve Dental do all that most dentists need? If so, is there a massive shift towards Curve?

Thanks!

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