Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Chapter 5

Affordable And Reliable DR

A Disaster Recovery (DR) plan that aligns with business strategy not only protects your company against the impacts of weather-related downtime, hardware failures, power outages, breaches and other scenarios; it can also empower transformative change as your company encounters new avenues of competition. Additionally, the rise of cloud services has made affordable and reliable DR more attainable than ever.

Gain the following benefits from cloud-based DR

  • Satisfy compliance requirements
  • Improve quality assurance and testing
  • Eliminate downtime and minimize disruptions
  • Protect critical business data in the cloud
  • Manage datasets across the cloud

Developing DR Strategy for Cloud

Few DRaaS providers offer this option. In the assisted model, the DRaaS provider acts as an advisor as you implement, test and manage your solutions. You are responsible for all of the aspects of your company’s DR plan, with the DRaaS provider standing by to assist if needed. If a disaster strikes and some IT team members aren’t available, the DRaaS provider may step in to help with failover and failback.

Indeed, the accessibility of cloud from anywhere with an internet connection naturally lends itself to accommodate a variety of disaster scenarios to keep an organization running while full recovery takes place. However, to confirm that your DR plan matches with and has been designed for your cloud architecture, your IT team must identify which systems, functions and applications are most critical, which are less critical, and which need the least priority during an outage. Only then can your business adequately assign Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) for each dataset.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

  • Backup and Restore
  • Pilot Light for Simple Recovery
  • Warm Standby Solution
  • Multi-Site Solution

Managed DRaaS

Your DRaaS provider builds and manages your DR plan for you

A managed model of DRaaS means the vendor is responsible for the planning, testing and management of your recovery strategy. A managed DRaaS provider should manage nearly all aspects of your recovery, so that your team can focus on other business priorites. In the event of a disaster, a managed DRaaS provider carries out your recovery process – whether this means working in conjunction with your IT team or performing the runbook operations alone.

Things to Consider

Managed DRaaS typically requires a higher investment than other DRaaS options but provides the highest level of support and assurance that the your recovery will meet your unique business requirements
Managed DRaaS is best suited for organizations with high-demand IT teams that are involved in the strategic operations of their business
Expect a recovery SLA matched to your unique requirements with a managed model to ensure your provider will be responsible for recovery in the case of an event

“Enlist the services of a DR expert, someone from outside the organization, to design and implement a DR solution or at least to audit what you have. The doer should not be the checker.”

– Carl Mazzanti: Founder and CEO, eMazzanti Technologies

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