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If you have your own in-house data center, you can design your BC/DR plan and redesign it to meet changing needs, and you can conduct tests at random. Often, however, with traditional outsourced DR providers, the ability to customize your RPOs, RTOs and to conduct multiple tests throughout the year is sharply curtailed according to the parameters of your SLA. But typical DR-in-the-cloud solutions offer users an unrivaled combination of price-performance and custom design options.

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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