The cloud simplifies disaster recovery (DR) management and testing

By: Albert McKeon


If your enterprise is putting off a disaster recovery (DR) test because it consumes time and resources, consider what might happen if disaster strikes: You could permanently lose those resources and have far more time on your hands than you’d like when business continuity grind to a halt.

If your business already uses the cloud to take advantage of applications and power a mobile workforce, cloud-based DR will protect those critical digital assets and ensure you can continue operations after an interruption in service.

IT downtime can total $1 million per year in lost productivity, revenue and repairs for a midsize enterprise, according to Network Computing. For a large enterprise, the cost can climb to more than $60 million in a year.

It’s important to perform regular testing on your company’s DR plan to ensure it can withstand a disaster. This will help to prevent any costly surprises during an already stressful time.

Streamlining DR testing

Preparing for disaster demands more than simply drawing up a DR plan. Business applications are frequently updated, overlooked niches of IT are altered, and some employees who stay on top of infrastructure leave for other jobs, all of which can hamper even the best DR strategy.

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Because technology and business processes constantly change, enterprises should update and test their DR plans as regularly as possible — especially whenever there’s a significant change in technology or business systems.

If you’re already using the cloud, DR management and testing won’t be as complicated or as encumbering as you might imagine. Cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) can simplify managing and testing recovery processes. On-premise hardware requires even more hardware to capture failover from testing and to serve as a backup for disasters. However, DRaaS doesn’t require you to purchase new hardware and the service usually charges only for the compute, network and storage resources used during a DR test.

Enabling sandbox replication

Disaster Recovery through a cloud service provides peace of mind. DRaaS pros will understand the expectations and possible complications of recovery and testing.

As TechTarget explains, DRaaS creates a sandbox environment for testing that is completely separate from your production environment. The cloud-based copy of your database is mounted and then brought online in the sandbox, enabling your IT staff to confirm that the workload functions correctly and doesn’t conflict with resources on the live network.

Moreover, DR monitoring tools proficiently audit processes like clustering and replication to ensure that systems can capture all necessary data and accurately store redundant data copies. The tools and pros behind DRaaS stay on top of your many platforms and can separately test multiple DR workloads, whether they’re public, private or on-site.

Simplifying workflow automation

Companies that use workflow automation to manage disparate networks and platforms can go one step further by leveraging the DR process. IBM’s cloud resiliency orchestration combines DR monitoring, reporting, testing and workflow automation capabilities to reduce recovery complexity, as well as human error and work hours.

Your enterprise undoubtedly already utilizes the cloud to streamline processes and make work easier. Why not take further advantage of the cloud by investing in DRaaS to ensure that when disaster strikes, your critical assets are secure? DR testing will no longer be a time-consuming process, but rather a simplified procedure that safe data and business applications.

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About The Author

Albert McKeon

Freelance Writer

Albert McKeon covers technology, health, business, politics and entertainment. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years on the staffs of The Telegraph (N.H.) and Boston Herald, winning the New England Press Association’s Journalist of the Year award and other honors. He now writes as a freelancer for several magazines and news outlets,... Read more