By: Clive Longbottom, Head of Research, Quocirca
Published: 6th September 2012
Copyright Quocirca © 2012
Many organisations look to the cloud to provide some level of contingency against their own systems going down, be it off-site data backup, failover servers for business applications, or the use of high-availability servers and software. The level of disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) a given organisation chooses to put in place will vary according to its own risk appetite and budget.
The degree to which cloud services are suitable for providing a safety blanket will vary from one case to another. So which one is right for your organisation?
The following use case scenarios provide some guidance, starting with the most basic level of data backup and moving to full business continuity.
Obviously, there are cost issues as the amount of cover increases through the table. This is why any organisation must first understand its corporate risk profile, building up a picture of exactly what business risks it cannot afford to carry and that which it is capable of carrying. Once a risk profile has been created, the right level of technical 'insurance' can be found from a cloud or hosting provider. The cloud makes the costs less of an issue, as each level can be offset through the number of organisations that are sharing the infrastructure. Therefore, an organisation that has previously regarded business continuity out of its reach and has settled for disaster recovery can now look to the cloud to create a more business-capable platform.
Originally posted at Lunacloud Compute & Storage Blog
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