What’s your disaster recovery plan (DRP) when the public cloud goes down?

By: Allen Downs


Organizations of all sizes today are increasingly turning to the cloud to store and manage critical data, systems and business applications to stay ahead of fierce competition. The business continuity services delivered to customers by these platforms serve a variety of industries around the world and transcend geographies with the speed and flexibility that public and hybrid cloud environments can bring to the market.

However, in the event of a disruption, those same levels of speed and agility must also be deployed for disaster recovery, responding to and resolving IT outages that can wreak havoc on clients and end users — not to mention the company’s reputation.

When a cloud platform suffers an outage, the effects can be expansive and difficult to contain without existing proactive disaster recovery (DR) solutions in place. For many organizations, outdated manual disaster recovery (DR) strategies prove inconsistent and untenable in the face of today’s complex IT environments. While an organization can never eliminate all threats to its infrastructure, an automated, forward-thinking approach like cloud resiliency orchestration goes a long way toward mitigating damage, cutting unnecessary costs and reducing risk to create faster reaction time in the future.

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Cloud resiliency orchestration prevents disaster

Cloud resiliency orchestration has transformed the way organizations approach disaster recovery and business continuity by using automation to create intelligent workflows across an entire company. Deploying this automated process requires limited human intervention — allowing IT experts to focus their skills on the most pressing recovery needs during downtime.

Orchestrating workflow automation can also create continuous IT recovery management behind the scenes to monitor heterogeneous IT environments and detect changes by application, server or database. Regularly testing environments keeps systems running smoothly, helps businesses meet regulatory requirements and instills confidence up and down the corporate ladder — from the C-suite to the end user. Ultimately, the cost-effectiveness of cloud resiliency orchestration will also increase visibility to onboard new clients and develop innovations that can expand overall business objectives.

A combination of cloud providers is now seen by many as the most effective way for organizations to manage their IT infrastructure and differentiate themselves from both longtime rivals and hungry startups on the rise. Regardless of the competition, keeping customer data secure and available must remain the top priority. Solutions like cloud resiliency orchestration provide organizations the best possible chance to make that a reality for clients and customers worldwide.

So, when someone asks what your DR plan is, you can tell them you already have it orchestrated.

Ready to take the next step? Schedule a consultation with an IBM Business Continuity Services expert.

Related topic: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

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About The Author

Allen Downs

Vice President of Global Resiliency Services, IBM

Allen Downs is the Global Vice President for IBM Resiliency Services in IBM Global Technology Services. He leads the global sales and consulting organizations focusing on addressing business resiliency needs of clients across the seven layers of the enterprise, facilities, compute infrastructure, data, applications, organization skills and process, aligned to the strategy and vision of... Read more