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Businesses with fast scalability and high bandwidth consumption, driven by trends such as Big Data and Internet of Things (IOT) face several challenges when setting up disaster recovery infrastructures. Concerns are not just about investing in significant capital expenditure, but also costs related to operating expenses that can include upkeep and frequent changes in workloads.

Even after putting in place an effective disaster recovery plan, you are not through. You must implement a disaster recovery testing plan that ensures that your DR recovery strategies are working correctly. Why, because an untested plan is as good as no plan at all.

Remember, testing accomplishes several goals, but by a long shot these are the main ones.

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It verifies whether your recovery approaches are correct

It makes your team familiar with the procedures so that they can function in a crisis situation

In such a scenario Disaster Recovery (DR) on cloud is a good solution.

There are several benefits that make DR on cloud compelling. Chief among them is the variety of ways you can adopt them, for example:

In-house

Partially in-house

Purchased as a service

This flexibility allows small and medium enterprises to put into practice vigorous disaster recovery strategies that otherwise were out of reach. By moving data to the cloud via a cloud based DR also called Disaster Recovery –as- a –service (DRaaS) can significantly reduce time it takes to recover IT systems. “It is no longer days now”, says a manager of a Delhi based IT company. “With DRaaS it is a matter of hours or minutes. With this tool we are handling several issues and not just storms, but also smaller disruptions as well”. Despite “DR on cloud” in place, remember Murphy’s Law. It says “whatever can go wrong will go wrong”. Even the best and safest of technologies can go haywire during the real thing.

This is where your traditional time tested techniques come into play. Get help from a business partner who has experience in disaster recovery in application environments. You may even think of manual recovery methods. Just ask yourself, “If everything fails despite our best efforts, how do I recover?”

Keep in mind to keep all of your applications and data at a data center hundreds of miles away. This is essential for business continuance and recovery. The best way to safeguard data may be to have the two data centers on separate power grids. Regardless, it makes sense for organization of all sizes to adopt cloud technologies for disaster recovery.

Why? Disaster recovery as a service or (DRaaS) has networking transparency, rerouting convenience and most of all better tools. If an IT business does not maintain an updated and tested disaster recovery solution it is exposed to a far greater risk than competition that has solid DR in place.

Yet, several IT companies are reluctant to do so. The reasons being:

  • High costs. The perception that upkeep and maintenance of a separate DR site is costly and tedious.
  • Important tasks like DR testing gets low priority in comparison to urgent tasks
  • Limited IT staff is deployed on more pressing projects
  • Paucity of in-house DR expertise and actual DR execution experience

Such disinclination can prove to be catastrophic. Statistics released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it all.

  • Post-disaster 40% of businesses do not reopen
  • An additional 25% fail within one year
  • Over 90% of businesses fail within two years after the disaster strikes.
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We must understand that the cloud based DR that was available more than a decade ago enabled companies to hire an allocation of CPU, RAM and networking resources at a shared facility. This was no doubt effective for smaller businesses. But if the infrastructures become complex and data volumes increase drastically, such a set-up can fail to deliver. Presently, however, cloud technologies have improved a lot, choices for user have increased and costs have drastically come down. As one IT executive rightly pointed out, “Nowadays DRaaS is easy to configure and execute and prices are attractive”.

Some of the compelling benefits are availability of stand-alone DR solutions. Providers are able to design and manage for their clients a secure multi-tenant cloud based DR platforms that offer almost instant recovery. But at the end of the day successful execution is everything.

Providers of DRaaS must minimize the impact of a potential disaster and in no time must resume critical operations. After all, this is what disaster recovery is all about.

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