Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP’s) have always been a subject of debate due to various factors such as the amount of capital required and resources invested in the system. It’s not easy to convince management to invest in such a plan when there may never be a return on investment, mostly when management also factor in solutions like insurance in the equation.
So why does DRP in the cloud make everyone’s (including your Financial Controller’s) life easier?
The answer is simple. Instant, Scattered & Cost-efficient.
Having a site-replica in the cloud means you will always have a backup & recovery system of your crucial business assets available for when you need them. The good thing about this is that you will only pay when you will be needing your off-site resources.
The pay-per-use cost model is adopted by most cloud infrastructures. This greatly helps most small to medium enterprises get their DRP up running in a scalable and controlled way without little or no capital expenditure.
Serious Cloud DR solutions offer real-time replication of data as well as access to hot-swapping of damaged assets with ‘unlimited’ scalability with no up-front provisioning requirements.
Cloud solutions invest in their own DRP, so that they make sure they can offer customers round the clock availability of resources. Having a hosted assets at a different data-center means fewer worries on administrative issues like finding a suitable location, paying ground rent, human resources, purchasing assets and a myriad of other side-tasks that help form a conventional DRP.
Your Cloud DR services are not where you can see them and audit them. Therefore you can never guarantee that the service being provided is problem-free.
It’s good practice to go through a close examination of your cloud service provider including infrastructure security, resilience and recovery. Company accreditations and practices are good sign of how much a company has invested in its infrastructure & design security. Going on a ‘try-before-you-buy’ program lets you get the feelers of what the service provider has to offer. Plus you’ll have something tangible to work on demoing the product to the execs.
Disaster recovery within cloud offers benefits to organisations of all sizes. Despite potential challenges, due diligence and careful planning, professionals can look forward to valuable resilience and recovery benefits.