We all know that cloud-based computing solutions offer tremendous flexibility – not only can you set up, change or decommission servers in a matter of minutes, but additional managed hosting features are readily available, and the costs are much more affordable than those for in-house IT, with a fraction of the up-front outlay. These features are of great use in normal operations, but they are crucial for the realm of disaster recovery as well.
It’s often overlooked, but the simple reason is this: the resources available for your disaster recovery solution have to mirror those used in your actual day-to-day operations as closely as possible, because otherwise when a disaster occurs, you won’t be able to recover the most recent operational state. In order to maintain this closeness using in-house hardware, you essentially need to purchase two of everything each time you upgrade or change your infrastructure. And of course, keeping data mirrored properly between those two sites is a challenge, particularly if one site is merely a backup and not fully staffed. Changing hardware and networks inevitably takes time and money. This leaves you vulnerable to mishaps that can occur during the upgrade; to put it another way, during upgrades, the disaster recovery solution is not doing its job.
With a cloud implementation via a quality service provider like Atlantic.Net, your primary working IT infrastructure is also essentially a robust backup system – your data and applications reside in an offsite, secured data center facility with backup, uninterruptible power supply, and dedicated support staff.
So if your primary system is offsite, secure, and well-managed, then you get a double benefit: it simultaneously reduces the likelihood of ever needing to use your disaster recovery solution, while also ensuring that the disaster recovery solution (hosted elsewhere in the cloud) is more effective and affordable than an in-house version.
As a result, the flexibility inherent to cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions essentially means much closer integration between your “normal operation” systems and your “disaster recovery” systems. Consider a cloud-based disaster recovery solution to gain increased flexibility and increased responsiveness along with best-in-class hardware and software support. Any computing system carries risks, but a cloud hosting-based disaster recovery plan is your best option for understanding, confronting and minimizing those risks, while simultaneously ensuring that your disaster recovery resources are always as close a match as possible to those used in your day to day operations.