A Customer's Guide to Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
The right strategy for a public cloud like Azure will depend on your server use, data needs, and security metrics. Azure offers countless configurations to you, but all this choice can become quickly become paralyzing, especially if no one can agree on what a business-critical need is or whether a workload should be classified as Tier 1.
No matter what your goals are, there will be a learning curve as you discover and implement the resources available to you. Knowing a few core elements before you dive in can make it easier to design a plan of attack.
Look for Opportunities
From big data analytics to multiple physical sites, Azure typically provides businesses with more opportunities than their leaders ever would ever establish on their own. So if your networking was suffering because your equipment wasn't powerful enough to reach across the ocean, you can still improve your services without buying the individual components on your own.
And if you're experiencing unexpected downtime or data loss, Azure makes it possible to backup and recover your data without having to build your own backup centers (either onsite or off). And if you have multiple short-term projects, you can rent out the equipment you need and then discontinue use when they're complete.
Reallocate Your Resources
Signing up for public cloud services means only paying for the space and capacity you're using. You're building a personalized environment that will free up some of your most finite resources — money and time. The right strategy often begins by redirecting employee's responsibilities so they're focusing on what matters.
For instance, now is a good time to prepare for a time when you'll require peak performance. So if you moved all of your data over to the cloud during a seasonal lull, you have some lead time to figure out how to best scale your workload before everything ramps up again.
Finding a Partner
From software licensing to implementation and support in Azure, some companies find that they can maximize cloud functionality in-house. But for many others, it makes more sense to partner with a third-party specialist who can not only take care of many of the technical matters, like maintenance and monitoring, but also help a company avoid wasting resources wherever possible.
A good IaaS strategy truly has unlimited potential for companies that have been needlessly paying too much for storage and energy that they don't actually need. But you might be surprised to learn that even big-name companies are prone to wasting resources even after they switch over. Better organization, meticulous upkeep, and the right expertise can make a world a difference to ensuring smarter deployment in the cloud.