Private clouds help disaster recovery programs

Although cloud infrastructure services provide organizations with a number of new opportunities that are not necessarily available with legacy solutions, several capabilities are more advantageous than others. The ability to use the cloud to enhance business continuity programs, for example, is often recognized as one of the hosted environment's best qualities, especially in today's highly unstable economic world.

A recent report by Health IT Security highlighted how the private cloud in particular can give new strength to disaster recovery initiatives, especially when decision-makers implement advanced tools to make the process smoother. Because the cloud is much more agile and robust than legacy technology, deploying a centrally managed private cloud will give organizations the ability to easily restore operations in the wake of an emergency.

A major benefit of a cloud-based disaster recovery plan is the ability to transfer data over a private connection between two sites, Health IT Security reported. By keeping bandwidth requirements in mind, executives can minimize the complexity of site-to-site replication, enhancing their firm's ability to replicate resources.

The ease of cloud-based business continuity
Because most private clouds use advanced technologies, applications and other resources are virtualized. Restoring these virtual resources is much less complicated than reviving downed hardware, Health IT Security noted. For this reason, among others, decision-makers should be sure their private cloud deployments consist of virtual components, strengthening the ability to move or replicate mission-critical assets during a disaster.

A separate report by AT&T highlighted that cloud computing is quickly becoming a critical aspect of business continuity plans because of the hosted technology's inherent security and performance benefits. As a result, roughly 38 percent of companies are investing in the cloud to improve disaster recovery.

"There's certainly no shortage of potential threats or disasters around the world and it's evident that executives are taking the necessary measures to ensure their business continuity plans are in place and actionable," said Chris Costello of AT&T.

The flexibility associated with the cloud is often cited as one of its most important characteristics, especially in regard to business continuity strategies. By planning ahead and deploying a secure private environment, organizations can be sure their sensitive assets will be available at all times, regardless of external activity.

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