Cloud DR set to shake up traditional approaches

Cloud DR set to shake up traditional approaches

Nov 25, 2014


An increasing number of companies are looking to move important business processes into the cloud - and disaster recovery (DR) is no exception.

New analysis from Transparency Market Research (TMR) revealed there a number of forces driving the modern DR sector, including low costs, high levels of automation, virtualization and easy deployment.

As such, businesses feel cloud-based DR offers various benefits to their operations, with the as-a-service (aaS) model proving an attractive investment.

"The main reason for this is its pay-as-you-go pricing model that can lower operating costs drastically," the TMR report explained.

"Implementation of DRaaS with a virtualized cloud platform can be automated easily, while minimizing the recovery time after a failure."

There are many benefits to DR in the cloud, however, the report highlighted several obstacles that companies need to overcome to ensure a smooth-running service.

Tackling cloud DR challenges

Selecting the right provider is a key process, which includes the successful negotiation and implementation of satisfactory service level agreements. This will help both organizations to understand their obligations and reduce the likelihood of future conflict.

TMR also noted that more small and medium-sized enterprises are evaluating hybrid cloud options for business continuity planning. Unfortunately, some companies remain concerned about privacy and security issues in the cloud.

"An increasingly accepted solution is to lay both primary production and disaster recovery instances onto the cloud and let a managed service provider handle both of them," the market research firm added.

Organizations can therefore reduce the need for on-site infrastructure, while enjoying the advantages of cloud computing, such as low usage-based costs.

For example, using advanced real-time replication techniques, businesses can set up and maintain multiple standby databases in the cloud that are binary copies of the main system. When a source database fails, the software switches to a replicate version quickly and easily, with minimal data loss.

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