Five Reasons to Consider Moving Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery to the Cloud - Slide 3

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A great analogy here is to compare traditional outsourced DR services to your cell phone provider. To upgrade your cell phone or change your coverage model, you often have to sign up for another two years or more on a new service contract. But expanding your BC/DR service levels through the cloud gives you the freedom to reserve more or less space in a shared “container” system without dramatically impacting cost, without having to renegotiate service level agreements (SLAs), and without adding new multi-year commitments. If you’re doing DR in your own data center, or outsourcing to a third party who has reserved dedicated systems for your use only, the cost can be astronomical by comparison. In the cloud, with a shared container model, you simply reserve the space you need available to you, and make changes as your business needs dictate, usually at a very minimal cost, if any, for those changes.

If you think business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) planning means there’s no way around adding redundant physical servers to your back room, it may be time to reassess your strategy.  The idea that disaster recovery can be sold as a service managed in the cloud is not new, but according to Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, it’s quickly gaining traction among savvy CIOs and IT managers.

“Disaster recovery in the cloud is not the answer for every business in every situation,” explains Joe Long, director of business continuity and storage solutions for Logicalis.  “But today’s cloud offerings can give many customers a value-priced tool with which to meet their recovery point and recovery time objectives.”

So how do you determine if your company’s data is a candidate for a DR-in-the-cloud solution? Long says the key is to have a qualified, independent third-party conduct a business impact assessment to determine if your business’ recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements can be supported by DR in the cloud before any decisions are made.  If it turns out that your company is a candidate for DR in the cloud, there are several good reasons to move forward with a full-scale evaluation of the advantages.

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