Cloud storage as a means to ensuring your data is safe for disaster recovery is a viable solution, but what do you do with the data once it’s there, and how do you recover the data so that you can use it after the disaster?
In this article on CTO Edge, author Wayne Rash explains that planning or training is the key to a successful data recovery strategy. Planning every detail of how the transition will take place until the data center is functional again takes frequent practice and allows you to iron out problem areas.
“You can, of course, contract for a site in advance, which means that you’ll have a data center waiting for you, and all you have to do is reload your data at the new location. But perhaps the best solution I’ve seen is to contract with the same cloud provider to create a cloud-based backup of your data center. Not only will your data be safe, but you can run your applications in the cloud and access them remotely. Your cloud provider will charge for the availability, but it’ll cost a lot less than keeping a full-time backup site.”