Network Infrastructure Disaster Recovery: Incorporating Cloud-Based Recovery into Business-Continuity Plans

30 May 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

As IT environments continue to grow and become more complex, companies are often stumped with its understanding.  As IT-dependent processes become more critical to a company’s function, loosing data or time is becoming unacceptable. Traditional network infrastructure disaster recovery time—typically 24 to 72 hours from a most-recent tape backup—are inadequate for most important enterprise applications.

With IT maintenance being important part of the structure of a company, many organizations are now face significant IT budget limitations and struggle to support these growing requirements.  However there is good news, a new and robust disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) or cloud DR model has come out that promises to deliver enterprise-class continuity, cost efficiency and flexibility. This comes in time as both accessibility and cost has forced many organizations to take their disaster recovery (DR) solution in house.

Key Aspects to Look For in a DRaaS Solution:

Location—Where is the cloud core located? Some vendors won’t reveal this, or they locate it in a country with inadequate data-privacy protections.

Financial stability—How stable is the DRaaS vendor? You are giving it your data—your prized jewels. A variety of storage service providers have gone bankrupt. You want to have a vendor in whose future you feel confident.

Experience—How much experience does the DRaaS vendor have in business continuity and disaster recovery? Some vendors have jumped into DRaaS because it is a hot area, but have little experience in continuity.

Security—What security provisions does the DRaaS solution include? Does the solution have robust physical and information security protections and monitoring? Is data isolated and encrypted?

Ability to handle large-scale disasters—Is the DRaaS vendor able to handle widespread disasters (such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, etc.) in which many customers may simultaneously declare disasters? Does the vendor have a history of dealing with such large-scale events?

Scalability—Is the DRaaS solution able to scale to handle large numbers of servers and large amounts of storage? The vast majority of DRaaS solutions today are SMB solutions with only aspirations of meeting enterprise requirements.

 

As technology continues to be a backbone for all companies, it is important to take disaster plans into high consideration.  Companies must review their recovery times in order to have a speedy process with minimal loss.