Cloud Vaulting Doesn’t Always Equal Disaster Recovery

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One of the key benefits of cloud services is that they enable faster and more cost-effective disaster recovery (DR). So once you’ve selected a cloud vaulting service and your data is tucked safely into the cloud, you can check DR off your to-do list, right? Not necessarily.

While cloud vaulting solutions can lend themselves to a DR strategy, simply sending your data to the cloud isn’t enough. There are a few components you need to look for to ensure your cloud solution has what it takes to meet your DR goals.

Complete Environment Backup


Recovery isn’t just about restoring file backups. It also requires restoring your entire IT environment. If your applications, operating systems and configurations aren’t backed up along with your data, you could be adding valuable hours to your recovery time, because you’ll need to reconfigure your servers, PCs and other hardware.

Failover


Before the time comes to recover your data, you need to be familiar with your vendor’s failover processes. Below are a few examples of questions you’ll want to ask:
  • How is failover initiated and managed?
  • How will I access the environment?
  • Will my environment be restored within my recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs)?
Being able to access your mission-critical data and applications within your RTOs and RPOs is fundamental to a DR strategy. If the provider can’t meet your goals, it might be time to look at alternative backup and recovery solutions that meet your DR requirements.

Testing


Infrequent or nonexistent testing is a problem. Without it, you can’t know for sure that you have a true DR solution. Once you have your backups configured, it’s tempting to take a set-it-and-forget it approach to DR. But changes to your environment, file corruptions and other factors can create problems with your backups that can impede recovery. Testing before an incident will help you pinpoint and mitigate these issues.

To reap the benefits of cloud for DR, you need to make sure your vaulting solution has adequate recovery capabilities. Once you’ve identified a cloud recovery solution, follow these best practices for implementing it.