Disaster Recovery in the Age of Cloud Infrastructure

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What does disaster recovery look like in the age of cloud infrastructure delivery? This year James Keating III, Business Technology Architect for Evolving Solutions took time to answer this question and walk through what he calls “disaster recovery without boundaries.” James breaks down how to set up a cloud infrastructure for backup and disaster recovery processes and operations and also dials in on how to evaluate your hardware and software needs.

The attributes of cloud that can be utilized for disaster recovery are as follows:

  • On demand computing
  • Containerized workload
  • Location agnostic
  • Speed of implementation

Each one of these attributes can lend itself nicely to improving disaster recovery abilities in terms of cost (both capital and labor), speed to recovery and the ability to automate.  We invite you check out his posts and learn more about what cloud can do for the world of disaster recovery.

In Part 1, “offsite backups with a side of disaster recovery,” James walks through the hardware and software needed to set up a cloud cluster for offsite backups. The goal is to reduce complexity and manual labor and utilize the data in the event of a disaster or for testing of failover.  The cloud cluster makes all of this possible without having to invest in a second data center location or additional management.

In Part 2, James focuses on building a scenario to tackle disaster recovery where return-to- operation (RTO) and recover-point-objective (RPO) are critical. Specifically, his solution works to meet an RTO of 8 hours and an RPO of 60 minutes with 100% of the compute and performance of production.  In this scenario, a secondary cloud site is built to look as similar as possible to the primary site.

Finally, in Part 3, James addresses the reasons why specific hardware and software was chosen in his back up and RTO/RPO examples.  He says that, above all, it is important to get insight into the facts around individual situations.  With the change rate within IT and the idea that technical design is not a one size fits all proposition, the only way to really know what will work well – versus what will just be a good fit – is to properly evaluate each company’s needs against available options.

Cloud clustering or disaster recovery as a service can containerize your workload and has the ability to treat disaster recovery and testing the same way data centers treat generators and electrical load.  What might have seemed unattainable without significant investment in both costs and labor in the past, DR as a service now offers businesses of any size a great and affordable disaster recovery solution.

If you would like to learn more or discuss your company’s unique needs, please contact Evolving Solutions.