The hybrid cloud methodology, which involves combining private and public cloud resources, is emerging as an intriguing data management approach, as it lends information technology teams flexibility while also allowing them to take advantage of the cloud experience. One particular area of interest is applying a hybrid approach to disaster recovery.
4 Reasons the Hybrid Cloud Makes Sense for DR:
1.) Effective Application Prioritization
Businesses with private cloud-only or public cloud-only disaster recovery solutions sometimes encounter difficulties when navigating the application prioritization process. Companies reliant solely on the private cloud might find themselves spending significant amounts protecting non-mission critical applications, while those with public cloud only may sacrifice performance, security and ease-of-use.
With the hybrid cloud-based disaster recovery strategy, firms can easily move less-critical applications into a public cloud environment and place mission-critical applications into a trusted private cloud environment.
2.) Cloud Scalability + Flexibility
The Hybrid Cloud leverages attributes of both the public and private cloud. The Private Cloud utilizes pre-existing, pre-configured third party direct connectivity and facilitates data security and control, while the Public Cloud facilitates infinite scalable production space, which adds flexibility as well as scalability.
3.) Optional Geo-Location and One-to-Many Replication
Geographic replication is one of the pillars of modern disaster recovery. Firms must store data in offsite locations away from their offices. This ensures data for key systems is not affected by local disasters and can be deployed as soon as possible to maintain business continuity. Additionally, the hybrid cloud model provides the ability to implement a one-to-many disaster recovery approach. With one-to-many, firms can replicate data across multiple locations for advanced protection and recovery capabilities. An example set up would be replicating within a local datacenter, secondary/cloud datacenter and public cloud.
4.) Cost Considerations + Structure
Last, but not least, are cost considerations. Public clouds often deliver non-reserved resources which often don’t guarantee availability in scenarios of extremely high usage, while private clouds don’t see this as often. Additionally, your firm must weigh the cost and benefits of a self-managed vs. a fully-managed platform including cost from implementation and support, monitoring and maintenance, and testing and activations.
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Here at Eze Castle Integration, we offer cutting-edge hybrid cloud-based disaster recovery services. Our solutions allow investment firms to achieve optimal business continuity via fully-managed, highly redundant cloud services subject to aggressive RPO and RTO metrics, as well as client-friendly service-level agreements.