Analysing cloud as the target for disaster recovery

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: David Auslander.

If we think about the basic functionality that we take advantage of in the cloud, a whole set of possibilities open up for how we plan for disaster recovery (DR).  Until recently, disaster recovery was an expensive, process intensive service, reserved for only the most critical of corporate services. In most cases DR has been about large servers in two geographically distributed location and large data sets being replicated on a timed basis.

Many smaller or less critical services were relegated to a backup and restore DR solution although in many cases as these applications “grew up”, organisations realised that they too needed better protection. Unfortunately, the cost of standing up a legacy style DR environment remained prohibitive for all but the largest and most critical services...

As the world has moved to virtual data centre (VDC) and cloud based services we have seen the paradigm shift. Many features of private, public and hybrid clouds provide a solid basis for developing and deploying highly resilient applications and services. Here are some of the features that make this possible...

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