How to Stay in Business: Key Considerations for Disaster Recovery - Slide 6

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Network traffic routing and capacity in the cloud can be confusing and complex as cloud providers try to make it abstract and simple to manage. Some providers even claim that the network is invisible. The most important aspect is to make sure that the cloud provider, whether private or public, has enough bandwidth to support all of its customers. In catastrophic events such as 9/11, many DR facilities found themselves short of network capacity since they oversold their service.

Monitor your network usage across the cloud and see what levels are reached during peak times. Add all of the usage together across the cloud and determine if your hosting locations can accommodate the increased usage if any portion of the cloud goes out of service. Some providers will allow you to pay more to be placed in higher priority slots (above other customers). Make certain you address these issues before committing. Another trend to investigate is cloud balancing, where you are leveraging multiple cloud providers to keep your applications highly available.

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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