At the Core
23 October 14

Make Sure Disaster Recovery Isn’t a Disaster

Automation, cloud computing, agile development and the DevOps movement are coming together to change many of the tasks that IT departments focus on. This extends to data backup and disaster recovery. If you want to keep your data safe from everything from a hurricane to some guy pressing the wrong button and messing up your IT configuration, you now have new options. Contemporary trends feature a focus on cloud backup technologies, virtualization, infrastructure hosting and efforts to integrate better processes into disaster recovery.

DevOps and disaster recovery
By now, most businesses get the standard processes they should follow in backup and recovery, but for a long time, these tasks could take hours or days to complete. A recent PC World report explained that DevOps has emerged as a way to use automation and process management to help organizations quickly and easily release new solutions and put virtual machines into production. You can apply these principles to backup and recovery as well.

Unifying DevOps functionality with Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) can leave your IT teams responding so quickly to a disaster that you may barely notice that anything went wrong because you'll be too busy getting back to work.

Virtualization and disaster recovery
Of course, implementing DevOps functionality in your backup and recovery plans depends on having your core systems and data accessible in multiple locations. Let me guess, you don't feel like purchasing duplicate hardware for everything? Don't worry, a recent Computer Weekly report explained that the disaster recovery revolution created by virtualization has led to the development of DRaaS solutions that make everything easy.

Here's the long-story-short version – you can use DRaaS to lease infrastructure and virtual machine recovery resources from a cloud infrastructure vendor, making it easy to get a backup configuration running in a matter of minutes. The report said DRaaS has matured so much already that many vendors are finding ways to differentiate themselves from competitors.

Don't let the excitement make you lose your head
All of the contemporary technology developments are enough to get an IT leader pretty pumped, but don't get so excited that you forget about the basics. Forbes reported that many companies are finding simplified disaster recovery processes enabled by contemporary technologies so helpful that they aren't necessarily checking off all of the boxes they need for success. The big thing that companies are forgetting to deal with is external connections.

The news source explained that when external connections to services go down, cloud systems may not be able to verify user authenticity because many authorization methods are built around IP address identification and similar solutions that require the cloud service, whether it is your DRaaS plan or a CRM app, to have a connection to your core resources.

If you want to take advantage of contemporary disaster recovery technologies, you need to look at your configuration holistically and make sure your external connections are resilient enough to let you take full advantage of the solutions that are out there.

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