Disaster Recovery in the Cloud?

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud?

Posted by admin in Blog on March 6, 2011 with No Comments

How’s your Disaster Recovery (DR) plan?

If you have one (and you should!), you probably have almost an identical set of the system hosted further away from your primary systems.  That’s the reason of having DR anyway, IF a disaster were to strike at your primary site – it can be fire, or earthquake, or terrorist act, or it could probably be just stolen! — you can always resume the business as usual accessing to the backup systems. Yes, I’m talking about a full DR scenario, not just an offsite data only backup here.

Depending on your DR strategy matrices (the RTO and RPO), you would need to decide the suitability of your DR requirements and budget. Whatever your strategy is — I’m sure you would agree with me that most of the system at the DR site are idling 60-90% of the time! and yet, you have to continuously pay for the system maintenances, and the associated data centre hosting cost of your server hardware, which is typically tied into a very long-term contract.

Right?

Probably not. Now with Cloud infrastructure services like SKALI Cloud, you have an option. Some of our clients uses our cloud servers for their DR servers. Where they would only pay for the servers resources upon usage only. How do they do that?

First, they setup an identical server mirroring their production server on our platform. Then, depending on their RTO & RPO strategy, we would suggest to them the best ‘method’ of data synchronisation between the two locations. It can be as simple as remote data copy, up to a real-time syncronisation between the sites.  Once ready, they would only pay for the server resources they use.

Case Study

One of our client has an RTO & RPO  of 7 days, and they do data syncronisation from their office to our cloud server only on Saturday. Based on that schedule, the cloud server will be powered-on, and the syncronisation will take about 3-4 hours over the network. Once completed, the cloud server will be powered-off. The client pays for the resources that they use only. It saves them at least 60% of their DR cost as compared to their previous contract.

Our persistent-storage feature allows the client data to remain intact, until the next power-on. Unlike some of our competitors, once their cloud server is powered-off, so is the data.. all gone! In our case, our clients need to only pay for the data storage on a monthly basis (MYR 0.40cent/Gb/mth), and for the use of server resources (CPU & RAM) per usage only.

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This current trend which is fast becoming popular throughout the world of doing disaster recovery in the cloud are due to the obvious reasons — flexibility and cost savings!

Now everyone can afford a full DR.

Let us know if you wish us to assist you with your DR strategy. Besides the cloud servers, we do also provide an end-to-end DR software solution as your one-stop solution provider to meet your ever growing needs.

Create Servers, Forget Hardware.

SKALI Cloud team.

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