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Imagine for a moment that DR in the cloud is similar to the way you work with your residential electric company. You pay a small monthly fee for connecting your home to the utility, and then you pay for actual power usage. If you don’t draw any electricity, the small monthly fee remains; if you turn on your pool pump and your refrigerator and your lights, costs are added incrementally as you use increasingly more power. That’s a vastly different model than the way outsourced DR services have traditionally been handled, where you pay a fee commensurate with the amount of service you might need, in the event of a disaster, whether or not you ever use it. Which sounds more cost effective?

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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