considering most disasters mean employees won’t have access to their offices or
This conceptually means that if your
facilities become inaccessible, as long as
key employees have an Internet connec-
tion they would have access to key applica-
tions and data required to run the business.
Considering that cloud computing systems
are already optimized for Internet deliv-
ery, including leveraging redundant sites
to optimize performance and for their own
DR requirements, moving to cloud com-
puting-based applications should be rela-
tively low risk, depending on the types of
applications you’re running.
Mapping a Path
So, how do you move toward a cloud
computing-oriented DR strategy? You
start, as with any DR strategies, by understanding the requirements, including the
relative cost of risk. This provides the
foundation of the cost benefit, and thus
the amount of investment that should be
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From there you can assess the fit of
a cloud computing provider within the
DR strategy. In many instances, cloud
computing is not a fit due to specialized
requirements of the applications, such as
core proprietary enterprise software that
does not yet support cloud computing.
Or, many enterprises deal with data that
has special security requirements, such
as PII and HIPAA data. Indeed, in many
European nations, financial data is not
allowed to leave the country. Many cloud
computing providers exist outside of borders, or replicate data to data centers out
of the country as a part of their operations.
In short, you need to understand all compliance issues.
You also need to consider the inherent
risks. You need to trust your cloud computing provider to live up to any SLA,
as well as consider the fact that many
are small VC-backed startups and could
be sold at any time, and thus the level of
service could change. Your data is being
physically mixed together with data from
other companies, even though logically
they appear as dedicated systems. There
are some situations when your data could
leave the premises without your permission, such as when servers are seized by
law enforcement around evidence related
to other tenants on that cloud computing
platform, but your data leaves on the servers with the data owned by the suspect
company. Again, you need to weigh the
risk with the benefits.
As cloud computing matures, there
may be more upsides to leveraging providers as a part of your DR strategy, even
with all of the downsides considered.
Most providers still don’t view DR as
a killer app for their platforms because
those who leverage cloud computing for
DR will not be intensive users. That is,
until they are needed to support business
For now, this is another good option for
DR. One that will most likely be attractive
to small- to medium-sized businesses, but
larger businesses and perhaps the government will join the trend as things move
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