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Building a cloud disaster recovery plan

As enterprise IT services evolve, new risks and challenges are emerging in the business world that encourage decision-makers to build a disaster recovery program. In many cases, these strategies involve the use of cloud computing because the hosted services are highly scalable, inexpensive, and secure--all of which are necessary components of a successful continuity plan.

Rather than implementing the first cloud backup solution on the table, decision-makers should take the time to find the services that align with their specific needs. This requirement was highlighted in a recent TechTarget report, which noted that keeping security and internal capabilities in mind is essential when building an effective business continuity strategy. Because every organization has different needs, executives need to ensure these demands are addressed if they are to meet long-term objectives.

Additionally, companies need to keep financial specs in mind when implementing a cloud disaster recovery plan, TechTarget noted. For the most part, cloud vendors price their offerings based on a combination of several different factors, including the amount of space consumed, the bandwidth used, and a monthly subscription fee. Because these numbers vary and providers use different combinations to arrive at a price, every continuity plan has different costs, which makes choosing the right plan a challenge.

Establishing a management plan
Although keeping costs and security in mind are important when implementing cloud-enabled disaster recovery strategies, following through with proper management is crucial, TechTarget stated. A separate ORSYP report said it is important that executives check with every department in the company and understand their specific cloud infrastructure needs. This process should be completed before the launch of cloud continuity programs because it will help companies find the services that align best with their requirements and objectives.

ORSYP also highlighted the importance of implementing robust training strategies that ensure employees across organizations know how to use cloud disaster recovery tools to properly restore operations in the wake of an emergency. Because the cloud is relatively new and unfamiliar to many firms, having education and awareness guidance programs will be helpful in the long run to ensure firms avoid costly errors.

As the enterprise technology landscape evolves and businesses face increasingly sophisticated challenges, cloud continuity plans will become a popular choice of decision-makers who recognize the benefits of using hosted solutions to keep operations running at all times.

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