Oct 20, 2015
The amount of mission-critical data that companies store away from their own premises is growing by the day. While many businesses have become more adaptable thanks to the hybrid model of mixing the cloud and the physical space, the uptake of virtualized storage is ever-accelerating.
Consequently, many companies now have thorough and effective strategies in place in the event of any mishaps that happen both on and off-premise. This does present some issues, as businesses look to adopt a disaster recovery approach that is equally hands-off and hands-on.
Oracle Senior Vice President of Systems Technology Juan Loaiza explained this phenomenon succinctly.
"There are a lot of people eager to not run their own infrastructure [but] they don't want to have 100 people focusing on plumbing," he said, as quoted by Forbes. Mr Loaiza also surmised that as the vast majority of companies are comfortable moving workloads to the cloud, it's now more a question of which service provider to choose and when.
The disaster recovery dilemma
Naturally, this is particularly applicable when it comes to standby databases and disaster recovery. The biggest companies have so much data in the cloud that provisioning what simply has to be backed up, and what may be expendable, is a top priority for those in the C-suite and IT department alike.
Businesses must understand who needs access to what in the event of a disaster.
Research from TechTarget suggested that the most complex cloud disaster recovery plans need thorough management to be fully effective. At the most basic of levels, companies need to ensure that they have specific locations for their physical and cloud-based servers, and understand who needs access to what in the event of a disaster.
Planning in advance is imperative here, as being slow to react in the face of a major disruption can ultimately see the business suffer and some of its systems compromised, as decision makers scramble to stay on top of any data loss.
The security difference
Security in the cloud space will be a priority for many companies when rolling out a plan for virtualizing their data. However, as TechTarget pointed out, few manage to assess how well their protection will hold up during an untimely event.
The last thing that any company infrastructure needs is some sort of security breach as a disaster is happening. The answer lies in experimental testing of any environment, and even the process of simulating a disaster.
Of course, this requires solid data migration practices to be put in place so the company's systems can stay up and running during the trial period.
Addressing the budget
Like any IT-related project, business decision makers will likely be focused on the brass tacks of finances. Fortunately, disaster recovery in the cloud can be relatively cost effective, with more organizations assessing its viability for this reason.
"[The majority of] IT budgets are flat - that's what's driving many organizations to evaluate disaster recovery-as-a-service. Many ... providers are offering self-service tools that offer high visibility and are easy to use, so it makes both business and economic sense for organizations to run disaster recovery in the cloud," explained program director for storage and data management services at the International Data Corporation Paul Hughes, as quoted by BizTech Magazine.
Ultimately, disaster recovery in the cloud can be valuable to businesses of all sizes in more than one way. The vast majority of companies simply can't afford to make any missteps in building redundant facilities.
Consequently, cloud-based disaster recovery is likely to rise in popularity for two reasons. Firstly, there's the aforementioned cost effectiveness, and secondly, it's the most viable way for even the biggest enterprises to protect their mission-critical data in the event of an unfortunate incident.