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Is the reduced recovery time with cloud disaster recovery achieved solely through superior technology?
Sep. 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Why Process and Procedure Are Everything
Technology isn’t enough — your DR process must be sound.
So, is the reduced recovery time with cloud disaster recovery achieved solely through superior technology, or does this recovery advantage also depend on human processes? Although the right technology definitely enables a recovery, a flawed process can both delay the system recovery and even sabotage it altogether.
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Here’s what I mean.
At a minimum, a cloud disaster recovery solution must have the appropriate technology. That is, it must be able to successfully restore entire servers to an alternate location with minimal disruption and data loss. That might sound straightforward, but pulling it off successfully is like rocket science, and there are literally dozens of opportunities for things to go wrong.
After all, we’re not talking about simply restoring data. To successfully recover an IT environment, you need data to be restored, operating systems and software applications installed and functional, a secure network established to ensure safe integration between users and the new IT environment, and competent personnel to pull it all together.
The only way to mitigate all of these risks inherent in any DR solution is with a sound recovery process, which includes:
When selecting a cloud disaster recovery vendor, ask for a sample of their documented process and procedures. Also ask them to provide you with examples of recent successful recoveries that were performed during real-life disasters. Finally, ask for references so you can speak to customers who have navigated successfully through a crisis with this vendor’s assistance. If the vendor is unable to provide any of the above, you should continue investigating your options.
KeepItSafe is one cloud backup and disaster recovery service provider that can demonstrate successful experience with these scenarios, but there are others. Be thorough in your research.
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