The adoption of cloud solutions has changed the way enterprises view disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) management. Most enterprises and IT leaders will vouch for a completely cloud-based DR and BC infrastructure, or a hybrid solution comprised of cloud DR and on-premise infrastructure.
The cloud offers a cost-effective alternative for data recovery solutions, mitigating the risks of power outages, operational and on-premises hardware failures. With cloud computing based on virtualization, the organisation can expect faster data and server recovery times as opposed to the conventional approaches.
However, moving your disaster recovery management plan to the cloud involves a few notable risks. We look at the most obvious, involving cloud security.
When it comes to cloud security, confidential data and privacy needs of data-sensitive organisations should become a top priority. The control over sensitive data is best suited for the private cloud as opposed to the more security vulnerable public cloud infrastructure.
Follow the Data Trail
Make sure you can pinpoint the data centre and server your information is stored on. For increased security, dedicated hardware with stringent controls over data is a must. Private clouds with dedicated servers allow for increased security over sensitive data, as opposed to the public cloud where more organisations can access the same server. Knowing at all times where your data lives is crucial in the data recovery process.