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Examine DR in the cloud from all angles

Disaster recovery in the cloud has several advantages for companies of all sizes. This guide helps enterprises look at cloud DR from all angles to find the best strategy.


The public cloud seems like a natural fit for enterprises looking for cost-effective disaster recovery. It can enable faster recovery times in the event of an outage; and by spreading data across multiple availability sites, enterprises usually can rest assured their data is replicated and secure. But can they, really?

Even though DR in the cloud offers several advantages and is now more accessible to companies with budgets of all sizes, it's not without issues. And while cloud outages involving large service providers like Amazon Web Services are less prevalent than they used to be, outages can -- and will -- happen. Enterprises that simply believe their disaster recovery plan is sound, without testing it, could be in for a big surprise when they lose data during an unplanned event.

This guide looks at DR in the cloud from all angles -- from previous AWS outages and the companies affected, to tips on preventing an outage, implementing a proper DR strategy and testing those strategies. We'll also examine the burgeoning market of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and how it could help to bring cloud-based disaster recovery to the masses.

1Cloud failure prep-

Prepare for a cloud outage

Enterprises that move data to the public cloud don't often think availability or disaster recovery is their responsibility, especially with large cloud providers like Amazon Web Services. But what happens when that public cloud fails? We look at how some infamous cloud outages affected enterprises and give advice on how to prep for this in the future.


How an improper AWS setup can hurt DR

If an enterprise loses data when a large cloud provider like Amazon has an outage, they may only have themselves to blame. Continue Reading


What's your cloud disaster plan B?

Cloud balancing and a multi-cloud vendor approach may be two strategies to come out of a cloud outage unscathed. Continue Reading


Identify public cloud service outages early

Using a software as a service tool like that from Boundary, Inc., could help companies sniff out an impending cloud service outage before their providers do. Continue Reading


Public cloud gives IT access to pilot light DR projects

AWS users find both fault and success with its disaster recovery capabilities. Continue Reading


What's stopping successful cloud-based DR?

Are you nervous about the security of your enterprise's data when using the cloud for disaster recovery? You're not alone. Continue Reading

2DR implementation-

Implement a cloud DR strategy

There's more than one way to approach cloud-based disaster recovery, whether it involves putting data into public cloud, building a hybrid cloud, using cloud bursting methods or relying on a third-party tool. When considering DR in the cloud, it's important to mimic an on-premises setup and test your methods.


Emerging DR tools go beyond backup and recovery

Cloud-based DR can take several forms, from public cloud to hybrid approach using third-party tools. Appliances specific to disaster recovery are piquing enterprise interest. Continue Reading


What to do after a public cloud outage

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, and possibly a public cloud outage. Enterprises need to be ready for their cloud provider to fail, or pay the consequences. Continue Reading


Large enterprises give cloud DR services a voice

Using public cloud for disaster recovery has worked for small companies, but now it's starting to turn the heads of larger enterprises. Continue Reading


Using cloud bursting for disaster recovery

Cloud bursting could offer companies a more agile approach to disaster recovery for not only a complete data center failure but also limited equipment, software or network failures. Continue Reading


Matching a DR site to on-premises setup could pay dividends

After demolishing tape backups for a cloud storage provider, one construction company built a disaster recovery strategy in the cloud. Continue Reading


Software company devises cloud disaster recovery plan

After news of the Boston Marathon bombings, security provider Bit9 combined public cloud and virtual machine backups to create its cloud-based DR plan. Continue Reading

3DRaaS and other options-

DRaaS offers cost-effective alternative

Disaster recovery options are expanding. Even though disaster recovery is essential for most companies, large enterprises often ignored best practices because of high DR costs. Disaster recovery as a service brings cloud-based DR to companies of all sizes and all budgets. And as large public cloud providers like AWS prove availability with each passing year, more companies are willing to trust them with their data.


Can you fix DR problems with DRaaS?

DRaaS options offer lower costs and greater availability, but beware of vendor shortcuts when shopping the market. Continue Reading


Cloud giants safest bet for DR options

Run-of-the-bank cloud providers with major capacity like Amazon Web Services could offer the most feasible option for enterprises seeking cloud-based DR. Continue Reading


DRaaS gives enterprises DR on the cheap

More companies are turning to disaster recovery as a service for its flexibility and cost effectiveness, according to a recent Forrester report. Continue Reading


How to choose a DRaaS provider

When looking for a disaster recovery as a service provider, there are a few critical questions to ask. Continue Reading


Finding the true value of a cloud disaster recovery plan

When it comes to pricing out a cloud disaster recovery plan, look beyond simple recovery times and to RTO and RPO. Continue Reading

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