What to Consider When Considering Cloud-based Disaster Recovery

According to a recent end-user survey conducted by 451 Research, 64 percent of organizations have already implemented a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution; up from 46 percent in Q4 20141.

While the public cloud can offer a reliable, cost-effective DR option with a ‘pay as you go’ consumption model and the ability to provide near real-time data center replication, not all public cloud DR solutions are designed with the same technical specifications, nor do they provide the same level of protection.

Here’s a short list of what to consider when considering cloud-based DR:

High availability of business-critical workloads—even in the event of a disaster or an outage—is quickly becoming the new normal. But protecting your complete IT infrastructure to provide this level of availability can be cost-prohibitive.

Many organizations group applications into ‘tiers’ based on business priority, and savvy IT leaders design unique strategies to meet specific RTO and RPO strategies for each tier. To do so, you’ll need a flexible cloud-based DR solution that can support tiering strategies for business-critical applications, commonly run applications, and occasional use applications.

Modern enterprises are complex, and even seemingly simple networking requests can take time. Imagine going through potentially months of work planning your move to the cloud only to then learn that your networking team needs months of time to prepare.

For some organizations, an IPSec connection is enough to meet their requirements. Most, however, require a direct connect circuit due to VM size, security and networking functionality.

Security and Compliance
The most effective way to meet security needs in the cloud is to mirror on-premises policies, thereby eliminating any inconsistencies. With encryption and key management software designed specifically to address the unique requirements of private, public and hybrid clouds, you can be confident that data is secure.

Many cloud providers state what compliances they adhere to or support, but do not explain which services adhere to them. You may need to purchase a premium service to get the compliance level your business needs. It’s important to understand if compliances are provided in a provider’s standard multi-tenant environment, or if they are only available in a premium-level service offering.

Some of the more common security and compliance programs are: ISO/IEC 27001 (Global), HIPAA, Cloud Security Alliance CAIQ, and UK G-Cloud 8.

VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
Across multiple industries, VMware vSphere® users leverage VMware vCloud® AirTM Disaster Recovery to build or scale their disaster recovery solutions.

Because vCloud Air is built on the trusted technology of vSphere, it mirrors on-premises architecture in the public cloud—providing a standby disaster recovery site where vSphere workloads and data are replicated to avoid extended application downtime in the event of a disaster. vCloud Air offers a portfolio of solutions that scale your cloud environment and network topology along with your disaster recovery needs, including the recently launched enterprise-grade Dedicated Disaster Recovery offering.

VMware vCloud Air Dedicated Disaster Recovery seamlessly integrates and manageson-premises and cloud networks as a single network. Customers can migrate their on premises firewalls and security policies to the recovery cloud using SD-WAN optimization and Hybrid DMZ reference architectures. This helps enterprises meet their unique compliance and security requirements.

With vCloud Air you can confidently spin up a replicated environment on demand, and know that your vSphere architecture and your financial investments are protected.

Ready to learn more about what vCloud Air Disaster Recovery can add to your disaster recovery strategy.

1Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in 2016 and Beyond, 451 Research, November 2016

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