How to Stay in Business: Key Considerations for Disaster Recovery - Slide 5

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Using traditional methods of data replication comes with a list of issues such as latency, mean-time to restore data and offsite storage. In the event of a disaster, your data is only as current as the last backup. Tapes must be shipped from the offsite storage location and then restored at the DR site. This can take days or weeks depending on location and disaster preparedness.

With cloud computing, new products are coming on the market every day to help create mirrors of data that are dispersed across cloud domains. This mirroring in effect protects the data from any single point of failure and removes the need to replicate data in a static fashion. As application traffic is transferred to other areas in the cloud the data is there to support them with limited disruption.

In the wake of the increasing threats to the data center via cybercrime and the recent natural disasters occurring across the globe, AFCOM's Data Center Institute believes it is time to review the adequacy of existing data center business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

They maintain that the cloud offers new and dynamic approaches to the art of disaster recovery. It builds upon the techniques developed with load balancing, virtualization and geographical separation of assets. If done right, the cloud can drive multi-purpose utilization of assets, which makes disaster recovery more affordable and can provide significant ROI.

Leveraging the cloud for use in a disaster will require pre-planning and monitoring of the resources available in the cloud to ensure that what‘s needed is there when it is needed. This slideshow features eight key steps, identified by AFCOM, for taking advantage of the cloud for disaster recovery.

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