Reliant - Cloud DR Considerations

Regardless of the size of the business you're running or even the industry that you're operating in, disaster recovery is a concept that should always be at the forefront of your mind. You need to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that if something goes wrong, you can get your mission-critical systems back up and running again in as little time as possible. In recent years, many organizations have turned to the cloud for disaster recovery needs. If you're thinking of doing so, this requires you to keep a few very important things in mind.

Security Challenges

One of the biggest considerations to make before picking a cloud provider for disaster recovery is one of security. Because the data that your business depends on is now technically in the care of another organization, you need to be absolutely sure that this information is not only being stored in a way that maintains regulatory compliance, but that is also safe from prying eyes. Any cloud-based provider you choose should offer both in-transit and at-rest encryption, for example, protecting your data both while it is in transit from the server to your business (or vice versa) and while it is at rest. You should also be able to know where in the world your data is being stored.

Latency Considerations

Latency is a concept that presents a number of challenges regarding the amount of time it takes for disaster recovery to be completed. Any cloud-based provider that you select should not only help with things like deduplication and compression, but also by sending physical hard disk drives, storage tapes and other physical media to your location. In terms of disaster recovery, show replication is not something that your business can afford to deal with any longer.

Disaster Recovery as a Service

Also commonly referred to as DRaaS, disaster recovery as a service eliminates many of the challenges that the cloud natively presents for disaster recovery purposes. Unfortunately, it can also create a host of new ones if you're not careful. Before picking a provider, you need to know exactly how long it will take your business' mission-critical applications to get back online after a disaster has occurred. Will your applications be running out of the provider's cloud, or will they be running on your own systems? How do you make sure that all information eventually gets back to your business where it belongs? These are questions that your provider should be able to give you easy answers to.

Cost Considerations

Cloud backup for disaster recovery purposes can quickly prove expensive if things are not managed. From a cost perspective, storing a huge volume of backed up material for an indefinite period of time can quickly prove cost effective. If you are thinking about using the cloud for disaster recovery, you will need to sit down with your IT professionals and come up with an aggressive backup strategy to help minimize the amount of data you're storing (and the associated costs) as much as possible.

Now What?

Cloud as a disaster recovery option is becoming increasingly popular with businesses of all sizes, but it’s important to understand the pros and cons before making the cloud DR switch. If you’re not sure whether or not cloud as a disaster recovery option is the right solution for you and want to know more about ways to plan an affordable disaster recovery solution, reach out to one of our expert storage specialists or call 1.877.227.0828.