Cloud Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery has always been an important challenge for organisations of all sizes. With the rapid growth of cloud-based computing, one would think that that there would be a one-size-fits-all solution.

However every business has unique IT requirements, from the applications that they depend on, their mobility needs, as well as differing security frameworks. Then of course there is consideration for different budgetary constraints and varying recovery and business expectations on top of all this.

These challenges have driven companies to treat their Disaster Recovery projects as a separate or add-on component to their overall Data Centre strategies. However, Gartner, an influential technology research group, suggested in a recent study, that Disaster Recovery will soon become the focal point upon which Data Centre strategy is based upon. It will become one of the key decisions that will influence IT planning and delivery in order to provide enterprises with the agility required to effectively compete in their respective markets.

Recent studies have found that 43% of companies do not recover from prolonged outages and system failures. This can be prevented with a combination of planning and IT Disaster Recovery solutions tailored to their requirements.

Reinforcing this important business portent, are key findings of the 2013 Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery Survey, conducted by cloud solutions innovators TwinStrata that include:

1) Almost half ( 48% ) of all enterprises that use cloud storage for cloud-based backup and recovery can recover completely in “just a few hours”, while

2) About 60 per cent of all surveyed IT leaders say they can recover applications and data within 24 hours after a site disaster.

Accordingly, the benefits of a cloud-based Disaster Recovery solution are “far too compelling to ignore”, according to TwinStrata.

Despite the myriad of solutions available, and the fact that they can be quite successful, how does an enterprise move forward to leverage their existing infrastructure, maximise budget utilisation and ensure regulatory compliance, security and best-of-breed business continuity?

As vendor-neutral Cloud experts, Cloud Solutions Group can help you navigate the minefield of IT transformation and can create a customised Disaster Recovery blueprint, that includes identifying critical resources, and prioritised recovery time objectives ( RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives(RPO’s), that is carefully balanced with a cost-conscience approach to data protection and recovery.

There are of course, many important factors that need to be considered, including: the location of data storage (in-source or via a cloud provider), backup frequency, and the necessary recovery (i.e. restore) processes that either enable virtual servers, or alternate environments to be brought online, if required. Some of these critical factors can be quite complex, so we ensure that they are carefully considered, investigated and researched with a best-practices solution as the outcome.

Cloud Solutions Group can also guide you with regard to what your future requirements will be, and advise and recommend strategies that minimise risks and maximise returns.

Our Capabilities

  • Independent advisory services
  • Current state and requirements analysis
  • Vendor selection based on budgets and stated requirements for data location, security and compliance
  • Solution architecture and network design
  • Migration of legacy services, data and infrastructure to the cloud
  • Integration with on premise applications and infrastructure
  • Cloud brokerage services- leverage our relationships to get the best deal
  • One bill for all your cloud services and management
  • Fully managed service of all your cloud servers and applications including backup and disaster recovery
  • Fully managed service of your on premise clients, security and network devices.