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Disaster Recovery in Cloud Computing

Ensuring Business Continuity and Seamless Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

It is essential for organizations to be well prepared for all types of disasters, whether in the form of hardware failures, cyberattacks or even natural disasters. The business continuity of a company in the event of a disaster is dependent, to a major extent, on its ability to replicate the systems and data.

Loss of data can result in a serious financial impact to organizations and may even damage their reputation due to loss of customer confidence. Hence, proper planning and creation of a roadmap for dealing with potential disasters are essential for minimizing the negative impact on a company in the long-term.

Disaster Recovery Plan for Cloud Services – Key Considerations

A disaster recovery plan takes into account a preparation for a disaster and the response to it, in addition to the steps required to ensure the system/operation restore.

According to Gartner’s 2017 Security and Risk Survey, 80% of global IT organizations experienced at least one major outage or systems failure in the past few years that compelled them to have a proper disaster recovery plan in place.

Disaster recovery planning takes into account:

Programs and data: DR plans need to separately account for both data and programs. While data includes customer accounts and business relationship records, programs include the software that runs an organization’s operations.
Dependencies: Dependencies between software must be identified, as certain programs may require additional software to be loaded before the existing software is operable.
Personnel: It is also important to identify the key personnel who will be involved in restoring the systems and data.
Compliance: Organizations in some sectors such as healthcare may also need to ensure regulatory compliance and security before resuming operations with the recovered data.

Types of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud-based data protection services are of three types:

Backup as a Service (BaaS)
Recovery as a Service (RaaS)
Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS)

Using BaaS, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) backup and restore the contracted data. RaaS is an extension of BaaS, where applications are also restored from the cloud in addition to the data.

DRaaS is much more extensive than RaaS and includes cloud-based failover, in addition to backup and recovery services. DRaaS adoption is essential for organizations requiring 100% availability of their critical applications.

Advantages of DRaaS

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) includes several capabilities that are not found in the traditional backup and disaster recovery methods. These include:

Reliability, flexibility and high performance
Effective addressing of mobility and portability challenges
Consumption of much lesser operational resources
Rapid and immediate recovery of data in the event of a disaster
Quick restoration of normal operations
Significant savings in terms of software licenses and hardware

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Platforms

AWS Disaster Recovery

AWS facilitates organizations in operating disaster recovery strategies that ensure rapid recovery of IT infrastructure and data.

Azure Disaster Recovery

Azure DR solution provides data backup, protects major IT systems, minimizes downtime and decreases disaster recovery costs.

GCP Disaster Recovery

GCP provides affordable and efficient enterprise-grade disaster recovery for physical, virtual and cloud-based systems and applications.

Disaster Recovery Options

DRaaS can broadly be classified into three types based on the level of security and service required.

Self-Service DRaaS: This is the basic version of DRaaS, where an organization engages with a DRaaS vendor only for purchasing a public/private cloud for data storage and is responsible for managing the data protection processes and recovering data. This option is more suited for large organizations with a separate team of DR engineers.
Assisted DRaaS: Here, organizations assemble and manage the DR plan with the option of seeking the DRaaS provider’s assistance. The assisted DRaaS option is ideal for organizations looking to leverage the flexibility option of the cloud. As the provider is not involved in managing the process end-to-end, they do not guarantee a fixed recovery time as part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA).
Managed DRaaS: In the managed DRaaS model, the DRaaS provider is responsible for the implementation and management of data protection and recovery. Managed DRaaS involves comprehensive SLAs with organizations entitled to receive reimbursements for unmet objectives. On account of the added functionalities, managed DRaaS is generally priced much higher than the assisted and self-service DRaaS models.

Disaster Recovery Consulting Services

We facilitate the path to developing a clear and concise disaster recovery plan that can be updated on a regular basis. We help to lower the complexity with best-practice DR workflows. In addition, we enable the implementation of automatic systems for monitoring the health of your data.

Our services include a pay-per-use option offering you the ability to scale up or down as required. We ensure continuous monitoring of your RTOs and RPOs and are available round the clock, at times of technical assistance.

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