A Modern Disaster Recovery Plan for the Hybrid Cloud

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No longer do traditional IT services fall solely under the purview of on-premises data centers. Workloads are increasingly being transferred to the cloud in order to meet changing business requirements and achieve greater agility and flexibility.

IDC predicts that more than 80 percent of IT organizations will commit to hybrid architectures this year, according to a recent Forbes report on business resiliency. The same report found that CIOs are being tasked with creating a disaster recovery plan that will serve their organization well in a hybrid cloud environment.

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Creating an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan

A survey by the Enterprise Strategy Group found 35 percent of enterprises now have a recovery goal of 15 minutes or less, the Forbes report states. Clearly, CIOs are feeling the pressure to be proactive.

Today, they’re faced with implementing disaster recovery strategies that cover all their locations and data environments. One major impetus for this is financial: According to Forbes, a Ponemon Institute study found the average cost of a data center outage in 2016 was $740,000, a 38 percent increase since 2010.

Of course, the IT landscape and business resiliency plans become more complex as more workloads are running across diverse environments.

The Cloud Changes the Game

Backup and recovery become more readily available when critical data is stored in the cloud, which in turn empowers business continuity. The cloud also equips enterprises to consolidate their data centers and gain a better handle on equipment inventory.

Contrast this with traditional disaster recovery plans like data backups and failover solutions, which often provide the illusion of business continuity rather than a solid assurance, notes Telecom Reseller. There may actually be an increase in operational risk as an organization’s disaster recovery plan grows in complexity, she adds.

This makes it even more crucial for business leaders — not just IT — to clearly understand areas of potential failure across the enterprise and what’s needed to keep operations running. CIOs and business leaders must work together to put an effective recovery plan in place.

Resiliency Through Orchestration Technology

Enter resiliency orchestration technology that works across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Hybrid clouds utilize this technology to minimize exposure to a business outage.

Recovery plan management can be simplified with orchestration, which relies on automation for real-time disaster recovery across hybrid cloud environments, Forbes notes. Resiliency-as-a-service offers another option for protecting the end-to-end business processes across all infrastructure components, data and applications.

By now, enterprises are aware of the importance of digital transformation in their efforts to stay competitive and deliver optimal customer experiences. Designing a modernized disaster recovery strategy should be a top priority. Businesses need to be proactive and take advantage of cloud and off-site solutions to optimize and protect their critical computing assets wherever they reside.

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This article was originally published on IT Biz Advisor.

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