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Cloud Services Have Evolved Disaster Recovery

Cloud Services Have Evolved Disaster Recovery
December 29, 2016 / Ryan Berg

While selling compute services in the early 2000’s every customer I would meet with would talk about implementing a full disaster recovery (DR) plan within the year. I would studiously go back to my office and work up a quote to enable data replication from a production site to a secondary site. Yet time and again, CIOs would push off the project to the following year (if not indefinitely), usually citing the cost and complexity a comprehensive DR would demand as a barrier.

Meanwhile other companies would enlist the help of what I’ll call “DR 1.0 providers.” Massive data center providers that would allow you to “bring your tapes” to their site and begin the recovery process. Talk about old school! Customers would travel to Chicago, Philadelphia or any other city to preform DR testing for a weekend.

Welcome to DR 2.0 where cloud services have Evolved (pun intended!) the way businesses secure their systems and data.

Today, companies leverage cloud-based resources like those from Evolve IP that are spun up at a moment’s notice. IT teams now deploy hypervisor-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) that runs just seconds behind production or even use traditional cloud backup to replace costly off-site replication. The DR tests that required an in person, weekend-long, lock-in are now completed with the click of a portal button. Cloud service providers can even immediately enact failover in the event of a major disaster at a company.

Evolution in DR practices has also dramatically reduced costs associated with recovery. Now when IT teams and CIOs compare the cost of downtime and data loss to the monthly investment in DRaaS the business case is easily justified and quite compelling.

Worried about performance?

For most IT teams, DR performance has become an afterthought as RPO and RTO figures of leading DRaaS providers dwarf typical in-house deployments. Customers are now not only protected from doom and gloom events but also able to deploy DRaaS to protect against malicious threats such as ransomware, enabling quick recovery without being held hostage.

One of the greatest breakthroughs as a result of DRaaS is the evolution of the mobile classroom concept. Imagine rolling up to the corporate office tomorrow morning, greeted by the fire department hosing down the east wing. Quickly you hop on your laptop and hit the proverbial red button…..failover complete. Now for the uh oh. Once the servers are up, how will employees work? While not an issue if every business application is a SaaS deployment, many applications still require client/server interaction. That’s a problem when the desktops or devices that access servers are quite literally, toast.

Smart IT leaders are now looking at comprehensive disaster recovery services that also include desktop recovery, implemented via virtual desktops; virtual desktops that reside in the same cloud ecosystem where the servers previously failed over. Desktops and servers can be accessed from any device with an internet connection and the virtual desktops feature mapped drives and installed and updated applications. Ultimately that means it’s business as usual, without missing a beat.

For now we’ll just call it DR version 2.1 and if you’re interested in learning more, please complete the Request Info form on this page!

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