Most businesses understand the need for disaster recovery plans for their IT infrastructure. Outages, even for short periods of time, can be costly – to the tune of up to $1 million per hour. On top of that, there is the risk that an outage will cause existing customers and prospective customers to look elsewhere for the products and services you provide.

One option for companies is to have a backup site that is in a different location. Both sites would have and run copies of the business’ applications, storage, platforms, etc. This type of “active-active” failover can be effective assuming the outage doesn’t strike both locations at once. However, it is also an expensive option because the business has to have two hardware and software installations.

Using Multi-Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud-based technology comes with a more cost-effective solution: a multi-cloud disaster recovery plan. The idea is similar to a more traditional active-active failover, in that the public cloud provider has data centers located in multiple geographies. In the event a disaster strikes one location, other locations won’t be affected to the same extent. There are some potential challenges to multi-cloud disaster recovery, however.

Creating a duplicate platform on different brands of public IaaS (infrastructure as a service) clouds can be a potential issue, because different public service providers may not offer the same configurations. Businesses must test the failover process to determine if differences in the platform configurations are material to the recovery plan.

it is also critical for companies considering cloud-based disaster recovery to select the right configuration management technologies to allow automated failover. Today, there is not a single solution that can handle automated application and data replication, configuration management and failover capabilities. Businesses may need to invest in several technology solutions, including a third-party cloud management platform, and test on a monthly basis. An IT consulting firm can be invaluable in helping companies determine the best solutions for their business.

New and Emerging Solutions

As technology evolves, new solutions are coming to market. One of the options available include serverless computing solutions in the cloud, which can eliminate the need to worry about public IaaS computing and storage resources, however there are some known compatibility and portability issues between some public clouds’ serverless solutions.

Containers are another exciting opportunity for multi-cloud disaster recovery efforts. With portability across most major public cloud IaaS services and built-in automated failover and scaling capabilities, these tools can help businesses eliminate the stress and expense of system downtime in a cost-effective way.

Norwell Technology Group Can Help You Evaluate Multi-Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions

At Norwell Technology Group, we seek to help businesses move forward by harnessing the power of IT resources. With deep industry knowledge, experience and regional expertise, we are positioned to help your business achieve its goals through technology solutions designed to truly meet your needs.

To learn more, contact us online today, or call us at 877-277-9648.

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