Expect the unexpected with a solid cloud DR strategy

Last updated:February 2014

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expect the unexpected

Whether it was Hurricane Sandy causing panic among IT administrators, or a major Amazon Web Services outage, the best way to limit damage from IT failure is preparation. Cloud disaster recovery, however, goes a step further than simply having a backup plan.

Cloud DR provides the tools enterprises need to keep their business up and running smoothly in the face of unplanned failure. But which cloud DR strategy should your business select? While strategies vary from company to company, there are a few steps IT pros should take to ensure you choose the right cloud DR fit.

1Enterprises, SMBs weigh the cloud DR choice

If your company has done its research in cloud DR, now's the time to make a choice on strategy. Enterprises as well as small and midsized businesses can find different advantages in cloud disaster recovery, and may differ in their planning stages. It's vital to consider your own company's specific needs before moving forward with implementing cloud DR.

2Executing and managing cloud disaster recovery strategies

Some companies choose to deploy multiple clouds for failover, such as the hybrid cloud model, and others purchase Disaster Recovery as a Service from providers such as AWS. No matter your enterprise's approach to cloud DR, strict management and testing is crucial for success. Don't allow your disaster recovery strategy to sit stagnant once you've implemented it. From here, IT pros' jobs have just begun.