As regular business operations are being shaken up by large numbers of employees working from home, many companies are re-examining their business continuity plans. Disaster recovery (DR) plays an integral part in business continuity for any modern enterprise.
In a survey by Forrester and Disaster Recovery Journal, only 55% of respondents claimed to be prepared to recover their data center in the event of a site failure or disaster event. Meanwhile, 34% felt “somewhat prepared” and 11% were “not prepared.” Most organizations are aware of the risk of operating without a tested DR plan, yet for many, the high upfront costs and ongoing management requirements have made DR plans difficult to fully adopt.
Fortunately, the cloud has introduced an opportunity to approach DR in a new way. While traditional DR procedures often involve costly, complex secondary recovery sites, the cloud offers a robust, flexible and cost-effective solution with several benefits.
- Better Recovery Metrics – Due to increased backup frequency and high availability, the cloud offers better Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). This is compared to traditional DR processes that require time-intensive backup procedures and can impact performance.
- Lower On-Premise Costs – The cost of traditional DR can escalate quickly when you take into account the upfront and ongoing costs of rackspace, power and cooling, and bandwidth utilization needed to house your infrastructure in a secondary private or third-party facility. With a cloud solution, the cloud provider takes on these high costs of data center operation, maintenance and management.
- Less Hardware – Since the cloud provider owns the infrastructure, your organization does not need to invest in any duplicate hardware for DR, or put any time or financial resources toward hardware and firmware updates, hardware refresh cycles and planned outages during maintenance windows.
- Operational Team Efficiency – Cloud solutions are automated and available to turn up on an as-needed basis, thus freeing up the operational workload that traditional DR plans require from an organization’s engineers. Instead of using their expertise to execute manual failover steps, troubleshoot unexpected issues, and validate the environment, skilled engineers can focus on determining the cause of the outage and ensure their critical applications are up and running.
- Easier DR Testing – The cloud offers the ability to have a simplified, isolated testing environment where you can test the entire environment or a single application. It also allows you to plan changes to your production applications without introducing additional risk to your operations. With the cloud, you don’t lose any data or changes in your production environment while you are in a testing environment. Plus, the failback process is easy.
- Security – Data is encrypted both in transit and at rest in the cloud. Meanwhile, if your organization employs a traditional secondary site, you introduce additional attack vectors, thereby making your data more vulnerable to risk.
Rethink DR with Maven Wave
With DR there’s no one-size-fits-all model, so it’s crucial to carefully customize a solution that offers the best fit for your organization’s requirements.
At Maven Wave, we leverage Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to deliver DR solutions. Your data and applications replicate in the cloud housed by Google’s secure facilities and you only pay for DR compute on the rare occasion that you need it, resulting in cost savings compared to traditional on-premise DR environments.
To learn more, watch our webinar recording, which covers the below topics:
- Key considerations for developing and improving your DR plan
- Challenges with traditional DR infrastructure
- The benefits of moving your DR to Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
- Data replication tools and architecture for migrating your workloads to GCP
Need to determine the feasibility and cost benefits of running your DR environment in the cloud? Contact us to schedule a DR Cloud Assessment.
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