Disaster Recovery and the Cloud: A Match Made in Heaven?

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • High-profile outages, apprehension about data security, and compliance questions make many enterprises wary about moving mission-critical workloads to the cloud.
  • Yet, the flexibility, efficiency, and geographically dispersed nature of the cloud may make it a cost-effective disaster recovery/business continuity option for organizations, large and small.

There is more than a little push/pull element to the cloud.  Businesses are drawn to the flexibility, lower cost, and simplicity which the on-demand model promises.  However, there is enough mystery in the cloud to raise questions about security, as well as enough headline-making outages to put up red flags about stability.  Incidents such as Amazon Web Services’ twin outages this past summer, which impacted both small customers and marquee businesses such as Netflix, make customers of all sizes wary about the cloud.

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