No Disaster Recovery Plan? No Excuse
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User Rank: Apprentice
8/23/2012 | 5:40:08 PM
re: No Disaster Recovery Plan? No Excuse
If you are going to use the Cloud for anything, THAT is where your production data goes and you bring back disaster recovery data to hardware.

Maggie's Dad
Maggie's Dad,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/23/2012 | 12:59:57 PM
re: No Disaster Recovery Plan? No Excuse
It's great to see DR getting the attention it needs - so many companies are dangerously behind the curve when it comes to properly backing up their data and virtualized systems.

Like Quorum, CommVault and others in the industry, EVault has witnessed first-hand how much our cloud-based disaster recovery service has helped customers. For most of our customers, it comes down to our ability to quickly restore an entire system, which has meant the difference between shutting down for days and getting on with conducting business, even in the face of a major disaster.

Greg Vitarelli
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8/22/2012 | 10:49:18 AM
re: No Disaster Recovery Plan? No Excuse
I agree that a cloud only approach is dumb and negligent, but the article states that the services described are for "hybrid, local/remote redundant systems." So instead of hiring a company that comes by once a week to take the tapes or disks to a hopefully secure location this now can be done via cloud services.
It still adds a different complexity to it. Data services for businesses are usually metered, so the expense of pushing daily backups to the cloud goes beyond the fee for the service. Same applies when getting data back and in that case the size of pipe comes into play. Even a speedier connection will take some time to restore several TB of data. And there is no means to know who is sniffing around in your data, but that is the same if you hire some service to pick up tapes or tell the IT guy to take the stuff home.
DR using cloud services is yet another option that offers new solutions. For example, a VoIP phone switch in the office is useless when there is no IP. How do you do phone support? You give every support rep a USB phone to take home and when the disaster comes along you tell them to go home, plug in the USB phone to their computer, and hook up to an on demand cloud based phone exchange to take calls. I've seen this implemented and used and it works, but it still comes with its disadvantages. So part of the DR needs to be to have a few POTS connections that can hook into a backup support system. That way you can also grab a few nice people from training or QA in peak times and have them answer calls.
Mack Knife
Mack Knife,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/19/2012 | 5:38:24 PM
re: No Disaster Recovery Plan? No Excuse
Anyone using Cloud services to store data that is also hosted in the cloud is a fool. Who in their right mind retains hardware for data then spools that to the cloud for disaster recovery? That is pure insanity.

If you are going to use the Cloud for anything, THAT is where your production data goes and you bring back disaster recovery data to hardware.

First of all, virtually no business can survive a disaster of such magnitude that you implement a disaster recovery plan that includes moving to Cloud services. Such a disaster would almost certainly include a system wide security breach, not a simple hardware failure, even one that encompasses all the hardware a business has.

Using Cloud systems to hold backup data is well, backwards. If you are going to go through all the effort to put disaster recovery data and services in the cloud, by on earth would you not move your product there and maintain the disaster recovery and related services in hardware that can be distributed, redundant and easily access even if the disaster was so significant that Internet connectivity was impossible? Small thinking equals big problems

In simple terms, a disaster recovery plan that does not take into account the loss of Internet connectivity and network connectivity outside of a primary site, even if it is your home office is something only a fool would design and only an idiot would implement.


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