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Three Reasons to Use the Cloud for Disaster Recovery

According to an online survey from Forrester and the Disaster Recovery Journal, businesses reported 72% of their data and applications were either mission-critical or business-critical. With such a large percentage of data and applications deemed critical to function, implementing and maintaining a disaster recovery strategy is more important than ever. The Cloud offers a robust solution that incorporates fast recovery times, regular testing and virtual resources management of your mission-critical applications.

Faster Recovery Times with Cloud

Some disaster recovery solutions, such as tape only backups, have recovery times ranging from days to weeks, resulting in costly downtime for a business. Virtualizing your DR strategy through Cloud makes for much faster recovery times. Data, applications, operating systems and patches can be bundled into virtual servers that are copied and saved for later. If disaster strikes, recovery is as simple as spinning up the copied virtual servers. Better yet, businesses can make as many copies as they need to maintain the most up to date information.

Immedion’s Enterprise Recovery Cloud solution includes hourly replication and comes with one hour recovery point and four hour recovery time objectives. Data Center Knowledge estimates that downtime across industries costs approximately $7,900 per minute, making the difference between a matter of hours and a couple weeks important not only to the production schedule, but also to the bottom line.

Testing in the Cloud

According to research from the Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Council, only one third of all organizations test their DR plans once or twice a year, and approximately one quarter of all organizations don’t test their DR plan at all. How do you know that you’ll be covered in the event of a disaster if you never test and find out? Most Cloud-based DR solutions feature user-friendly interfaces that make DR testing as simple as clicking a few buttons. Within a short time, you can fully test the failover/failback process and ensure your VMs will be available for use should disaster strike.

Immedion’s Disaster Recovery Cloud solution is configured to enable seamless failover without IP transition or DNS propagation delays. And that means testing is easier than ever. We ensure there are no compatibility concerns, and businesses can be certain that all their apps and data will function just as it did in their normal infrastructure.

Easy Management of Virtual Resources

Many applications today are managed and provisioned at the virtual machine (VM) level. Some Cloud-based DR solutions require you to manage your resources at the LUN (logical unit number) level when running in DR mode. This requires you to keep track of not only data that needs to be properly saved but also space usage, service levels, VM-to LUN- mapping and network bandwidth. This can more than double your management overhead.  

Immedion’s Enterprise Recovery Cloud simplifies the management of replicated resources by enabling you to work at the VM and virtual disc level just as you do in your regular infrastructure. Moreover, we plan to integrate our disaster recovery Cloud alongside our Flex Cloud offerings in our recently launched Cloud Management Platform (CMP) as part of our road map. This will give our customers the ability to manage their Cloud-based production and DR environments from a single-pane-of-glass.

Planning for a disaster doesn’t need to be complex. In today’s technology-dependent business world, it may be as easy as deploying a recovery Cloud.

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