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Common Challenges with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery (DR) has always been important for any type of business in any sector. DR is a safety net against things like tornados and floods, human mistakes, electrical outage, and the crash of the hard drive. With the digital revolution, things are all high-speed to move information all over the world, making disaster recovery plans possibly complex to make, but still doable. Its cost is still acceptable, but it doesn’t mean it’s all easy to execute. Cloud-based disaster recovery solutions on a production-based app are done in minutes, but there are still some challenges to using that power.

Cloud DR solutions usually work with information going to a remote site and work well with a large traffic capacity. Data from years back can be easily organized and picked out to determine the speed and time needed. There are special tools that can study the environment and give an estimate of what kind of power needed, strengthening the planning of the solution. However, we can still make a mistake in terms of properly add up space and time between on to off-site moving. It is common mistake to do and businesses should plan a cloud DR solution to its exact. Practice it to make sure there is enough traffic capacity.

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With cloud DR solutions in terms of cost, it is quite expensive. Sometimes, companies buy the package without regard to the monthly cost which can easily bankrupt them. Of all the costs, the one type of fee that does the most damage to their accounts is the cost of data transfer. Most public cloud service providers charge for having the data being taken in and let go during the whole process. Prices vary, but it all adds up to a highly expensive every month. It is worse when the disaster strikes and plan B is utilized. Even as insurance, it will not cover everything.

Then, there are the SLA, or service level agreements. This is easily disregarded because it’s annoying when agreeing to a cloud DR solution. The cost may be right, but the terms of the agreement, and it’s always put in before because of the details inside of it, can accidentally tighten the business within the cloud. In terms of what it states in the agreement, the contract, which was it is, deals off something for that service which may be too much to give up. The cloud solution says it is all-inclusive, but it isn’t. Read the fine print.

With things like CloudEndure and Amazon Web Services, we can move everything from essential to a business without worry. It is an insurance to our system when things go wrong and when we have to stop the bleeding. However, it is not straightforward and there are the little things that never really come across when planning that Plan B in cloud DR solutions. Simple issues become bigger without thinking it through and the cost of it becomes much more than the value of the data.

June 2018
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