IT directors know that data backup and disaster recovery (DR) are important. They are aware of the costly issues of downtime and the damage disruption can cause to businesses. So why are there so many companies without a solid disaster recovery plan already in place?
The reasons vary, but among the most prevalent answers is that many organizations consider the chance of a disaster occurring to be minimal, and the process of developing, implementing and testing a DR plan to be costly and time-consuming. The reality is that disasters can and do happen — whether as a result of a natural disaster or human error. And, DR planning doesn’t have to be time- or cost-prohibitive, especially if you make cloud-based DR part of your overall plan.
Here are three reasons to include a cloud-based DR solution in your DR plan — and a specific cloud-based DR solution to consider.
Less Hassle. Greater Peace of Mind.
Unlike traditional DR solutions, a cloud-based DR solution doesn’t require you to build a new physical site or to repair an existing solution. Instead, production systems and data are continuously replicated in the cloud with only minor or no adjustments to your existing environment. There are significant savings right there.
In addition, the location of a disaster becomes immaterial with cloud-based DR because the cloud is everywhere. Even if a disaster covers a large geographic region, most cloud services providers’ data centers — which provide the foundation for their cloud-based DR solutions — are spread out enough to be beyond reach.
You’ll want to seek out a cloud-based DR solution from a cloud services provider who can supply replication bandwidth of 5 Mbps or better. This will ensure that you continue to enjoy optimum computing performance as well as peace of mind. Your cloud services provider will work with you to provision enough cloud resources to replicate, test and fail over your entire production environment, typically within minutes of an identified incident.
Expertise at Your Service
Numerous studies and polls have noted lack of skills, time and money as deterrents for many companies when it comes to creating, implementing and testing DR plans. It’s not a reflection on these organizations’ IT staffs. Companies intentionally hire people to help support and grow their businesses rather than to become experts in DR.
Cloud services providers who specialize in DR do have DR experts on staff. If they can’t deliver on that expertise, they won’t stay in business. Their DR specialists are trained in all aspects of DR design, preparation, testing and execution. And, they are available 24/7/365 to run middle-of-the-night failover tests and to efficiently respond to any actual incident.
Look for a cloud services provider who also offers automated site monitoring and traffic redirection of all resources needed to switch to the recovery site during a crisis. The provider should also provide dependable follow-through on all details of the recovery plan, such as DNS updates and system configuration adjustments.
Yet another area with DR expertise comes into play is testing. Designing a test plan, then conducting the tests until they are satisfactory, is not a job for the inexperienced. However, cloud services providers who offer cloud-based DR solutions are well versed in the testing processes and can both collaborate on the test plan and execute the bulk of the testing. The fact that the DR solution is cloud-based makes the test that much more realistic and less intrusive. Your cloud services provider doesn’t have to access your in-house resources, which could be unavailable in an actual disaster.
It seems that many organizations are increasingly subject to regulations that require DR plans, documentation, incident reporting and even compliance audits. If your organization is among them, only consider cloud services providers who have built their cloud-based recovery solutions on infrastructure that has been assessed for compliance with a number of regulatory requirements and industry standards. While your company is ultimately responsible for meeting its own compliance requirements, you can often leverage many of the technical and security controls built into a cloud services provider’s infrastructure to help ease your burden. Some cloud services providers may also be willing to provide audit assistance and supply necessary documentation.
The Recovery Cloud Option
There are numerous cloud-based DR options on the market. The Peak 10 Recovery Cloud is one you should consider for a number of reasons, including the three considerations cited in this blog.
The Peak 10 Recovery Cloud provides a cost-effective, highly flexible Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution that ensures rapid recovery of mission-critical applications and data. It features continuous data protection (CDP) style replication to minimize data loss should a disaster occur.
Built on leading-edge technologies and combined with Peak 10’s expertise in cloud-based disaster recovery, the Peak 10 Recovery Cloud enables you to take advantage of the reduced costs associated with multi-tenancy while accessing the cloud resources to restore services in the event of an application or entire site failure quickly, securely and regardless of where your production environment is housed.
Among the benefits:
•Continuous data protection (CDP) versus scheduled replication happening a few times a day, resulting in less data loss in the event of a failure
•Rapid recovery times and industry-leading RPO/RTO to meet strict business requirements
•Flexibility to fit most virtual environments without requiring re-architecture
•HIPAA and PCI compliant (and Peak 10’s on-staff compliance officer can provide additional compliance expertise and assistance)
•An experienced team of disaster recovery services specialists available 24/7/365 to monitor data replication or to execute testing and actual recovery processes
There’s also the fact that Peak 10 was listed in Gartner’s 2015 Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant, North America, which presents the competitive positioning of service providers in specific high-growth technology markets — in this case, DRaaS. Peak 10 was also the first provider in the Americas to achieve the Cisco Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) designation under the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification. This certification recognizes Peak 10 as a provider with the capability to sell and deliver cloud and managed services for companies needing to accelerate time to market and time to revenue.
If you’ve been holding off on putting a DR plan in place, now is the time to take action. Including a cloud-based DR solution can make it easier on your budget and on your staff — and making that solution the Peak 10 Recovery Cloud can offer you even more benefits.