Media coverage has pinned blame for the failures on the cloud service providers (CSPs), but CSPs aren't the only entity on the hook here. Enterprises are responsible for their own disaster planning and recovery procedures, whether they are deploying IT solutions in their own data center, managing their IT with one or more CSPs, or utilizing a hybrid architecture.
As we wind down from the holiday shopping season, let’s step back for a moment to consider how cloud computing and electronic payment systems have become an integral part of shopping
Here are four lessons learned from working with customers to help them develop and deploy hybrid IT infrastructures.
High availability and disaster recovery in the cloud have always been a core focus of infrastructure designs. Ensuring uninterrupted access to your application during site outages plays an essential role in selling business-critical products to customers.
When done right, data archiving and retrieval can save legal hassles and costs, especially when it comes to an inevitable data e-discovery. This is particularly true if you’re in a heavily regulated industry like financial services or healthcare.
Until the cloud, the housing of infrastructure in a secondary data center for replication or backup could be cost-prohibitive for small- or medium-sized organizations. The cloud provides a secondary DR location and infrastructure with little or no up front investment and an affordable pay-as-you-go scenario. Operational costs and resources are slashed and the cloud DR provider often takes over much of disaster recovery management and maintenance.
Putting a disaster recovery plan in place has traditionally been challenging for CIOs. The difficulty identifying and weighing present and future risks against the often high costs of a plan have put this topic (too) low on the ICT agenda of many enterprises.
Cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (DR) is ramping up. According to the 451 Research Market Monitor survey, the market is expected to grow at a 21% CAGR over the next several years, and 70% of companies surveyed who have not deployed cloud-based DR expect to do so within the next year.
Disaster recovery is one of those must-haves that can be incredibly expensive, resource intensive and error prone. Budget-squeezed organizations often shoot themselves in the foot placing secondary data centers too close to their primary facilities, or cutting corners on performance and redundancy in network connections, snapshots, backups and server clusters.
Highly-visible disasters, both natural and man-made, have served as a reminder that risk planning is a vital part of information technology operations...