Importance Of Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery In Private Cloud Environment

Importance Of Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery In Private Cloud Environment

Disaster Recovery in cloud computing is becoming more accessible to businesses of all sizes due to widespread cloud adoption and virtualization technologies that facilitate backup and replication.

Organizations now need to update and, in many cases, rethink their approach to risk management, particularly Disaster Recovery, due to the significant changes in how, where, and when employees work. New techniques, procedures, and solutions are required to consider substantial changes in workforce deployment. This blog explores challenges, implications, and possibilities for Disaster Recovery in a world that is changing quickly.

According to Gartner, the average cost of IT downtime is $5,600 per minute. For large organizations, that number exceeds half a million dollars hourly.

Which Solution Is Better For Disaster Recovery: Private Or Public Cloud?

When it comes to cloud Disaster Recovery, shared resources are the primary distinction between private and public clouds. Data recovery to shared resources is possible in both clouds. However, most resources in a private cloud are separate, allowing you to isolate them onto a different infrastructure. The cost-effectiveness of Disaster Recovery methods increases with the number of shared resources.

Private cloud storage, as opposed to public cloud storage, is for businesses that do not want to store their data in a shared location. Isolated and dedicated cloud storage is preferable for such a business because it offers more control and no noise. Your organization will benefit from ultra-low latency in the private cloud. When performing backup and replication jobs to the cloud, ultra-low latency speeds up and simplifies the process. Rapid recovery is essential to minimizing downtime, and high latency may result in additional downtime.

In other words, private clouds provide more customization in Disaster Recovery planning. The user can deploy the private cloud in a personalized way to meet their needs.

For instance, a bank’s IT infrastructure manages enormous amounts of transactional data. Security and customized performance are required for this data. It can be challenging to meet these needs using a public cloud, but private cloud storage enhances the user experience and provides what is required.

Similarly, private cloud storage technology is more suitable for use-cases when the user has unique requirements and must always maintain control than public cloud storage technology.

If your business requires to ensure that all data is secure while it is in transit and at rest. A private cloud hosting package makes this possible. It will provide advanced firewalls, two-factor authentication, and intrusion detection and prevention measures. Therefore, the robust security of the data will be ensured by all these specialized resources.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 51% of IT spending will shift to the private cloud, compared to 41% in 2022. Almost two-thirds (65.9%) of spending on application software will be directed toward cloud technologies in 2025, up from 57.7% in 2022.

While migrating workloads from on-prem environments to public cloud environments, public cloud providers cannot provide the customized hypervisor requirements for the existing customer workloads.

While in the case of private cloud, users have the flexibility of choosing their hypervisors powered by a few of the leading hypervisors like Hyper V, OpenStack, KVM, VMware, etc. Because the infrastructure is dedicated rather than multi-tenant, where enterprise-grade data is explicitly stored in the locations that the customers exclusively access, this gives users an upper hand in managing their data sovereignty and other multiple compliances. Workload performance is predictable and unaffected by other organizations sharing infrastructure or bandwidth.

As companies migrate to the cloud, data sovereignty—the notion that some data is subject to a country’s laws and where it is held within specified borders—becomes more of a challenge for them. Some regions have relatively strict data sovereignty laws in place that include factors like where the data is stored and the laws it must abide by. Most businesses are adopting a cloud-first strategy, so these restrictions might pose a severe challenge for firms. For example, countries like Russia, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, and Vietnam require their citizen’s data to be stored on physical servers within the respective countries. Since, in private cloud Disaster Recovery, the data owner has complete control over the location of data storage. Hence this has become the go-to reason for hosting Disaster Recovery in private cloud environments.

Also, the rules of multiple nations may apply to the data kept in cloud computing services. Different regulatory regulations for data security, privacy, and breach reporting may apply depending on where the data is being hosted or who is in charge. Legal constraints may particularly impact organizations using public cloud solutions because each cloud deployment must abide by different local regulatory requirements.

Fortunately, a private cloud strategy may address many of the issues posed by data sovereignty. Businesses can continue with their clients if they abide by local legal requirements. Most Private Cloud IaaS providers like UnitedLayer have 100+ in-country data centers globally. Furthermore, key features in a private cloud, such as encryption and other security-as-a-service options, make it possible for customers to comply with local regulations.

According to the Uptime Institute’s 2022 annual outage analysis, for the past three years, public cloud outages are constantly occurring where ~70% – 80% of data center managers say they faced outages.

On average, one of the three major public cloud providers — AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud — experienced an outage lasting at least 30 minutes every three weeks in 2021, according to Parametrix.

How Has Disaster Recovery Changed To Post Pandemic?

In direct correlation with the increasing significance of data, applications, and other digital assets over the past years, Disaster Recovery has grown more and more critical. System upkeep is crucial since businesses, their clients, and their entire business ecosystem is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Getting systems back online and restoring data to its most recent known state after unplanned outages might make the difference between a successful organization and one that fails.

Cyber threats, including mobile malware, phishing, and ransomware, have dramatically increased due to the pandemic and the increased use of consumer-class devices in home settings. As a result, there are now significantly more threat vectors and a greater sense of urgency to identify, protect, and defend potential sources of data breaches, service interruptions, and expensive downtime.

It is also evident that using remote locations for Disaster Recovery and fail-safe operations makes it more challenging than ever to reduce distance-induced latency, increasing the need for enterprises to include latency reduction in their Disaster Recovery strategies.

New Disaster Recovery Methods And Solutions

To meet the challenges posed by these significant shifts in workforce deployment and to provide reliable, rapid, and documented failover and recovery, new Disaster Recovery in the private cloud environment is required. Even though almost all businesses have some Disaster Recovery plan in place—if not always in a ready-to-go state—many companies created those plans years ago. The new developments like Edge cloud deployments, new cyber threats, and the “new normal” of remote work are now having a dramatic impact on enterprise Disaster Recovery plans.

This demands the upgrading and possibly reworking of Disaster Recovery plans in the private cloud to incorporate a wide variety of new capabilities. These consist of:

  • The capability to improve responsiveness and significantly reduce latency as geographic coverage regions grow.
  • Incorporating remote access and mobility into the overall Disaster Recovery plan.
  • Coverage from the data center to the edge to the cloud.
  • Disaster Recovery is a component of an overall framework for business continuity and a thorough risk management strategy closely connected to primary business objectives.
  • Establishing a flexible recovery and production environment that is in line with each company’s particular objectives and conditions.

Working With UnitedLayer On A Modernized Disaster Recovery Framework

New methods for Disaster Recovery are crucial in this digital transformation era, characterized by widespread mobility, Edge Cloud deployments, always-on low latency connectivity, and remote work. Because of this, businesses need to look for technology partners who can bring a new, broad perspective to disaster recovery and show a successful track record in assisting businesses in identifying, reducing, and mitigating the effects of risks to system and application availability.

UnitedLayer has a long history of leading the market for its disaster recovery solutions. It has proven to be a valuable business partner for companies with complex and distributed IT ecosystems.

Our Disaster Recovery solutions are highly customizable and come with ultra-low latency options, where customers can build specific Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) according to their business requirements. It also enables you to perform failover testing without bringing the network down and disrupting the business. With on-demand scalability, you can add additional resources to meet the increased replication needs, this helps in reducing cost and improve business flexibility. UnitedLayer’s DR solutions are highly secure and compliant with all the government regulations and industry-leading compliance standards like HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, SOX, FFIEC.

Find out more about how UnitedLayer is assisting businesses with the design of Disaster recovery plans to guarantee that applications recover promptly when necessary and continue to offer seamless services to end users.

FAQ’s For Disaster Recovery

What is meant by Disaster Recovery?

Disaster Recovery is an organization’s process of regaining access and functionality to its IT infrastructure after events like a natural disaster, cyber-attack, or even business disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A variety of disaster recovery (DR) methods can be part of a disaster recovery plan.

What is the purpose of Disaster Recovery?
Disaster recovery (DR) is an organization’s ability to respond to and recover from an event that negatively affects business operations. DR methods aim to enable the organization to regain the use of critical systems and IT infrastructure as soon as possible after a disaster occurs.
What is the best method for Disaster Recovery?

1. Backup is an obvious solution and the first step to recovering from data loss
2. Choose the Right Backup Category
3. Plan Effective Backup Strategy
4. Data Recovery Software
5. Document Critical Information 
6. Test and rehearse the disaster recovery plan 

How do you maintain a Disaster Recovery plan?

1. Make backups at intervals required by your disaster recovery plan for the level of data you are maintaining.  
2. Check your backups at regular intervals to ensure they are backing up your data as intended and the data are recoverable if needed.

What are the five testing types for a disaster recovery plan?

1. Walkthrough Testing. 
2. Simulation Testing. 
3. Checklist Testing. 
4. Full Interruption Testing and. 
5. Parallel Testing. 

What is the difference between RTO and RPO?
RTO is your organization’s goal for the maximum time it should take to restore normal operations following an outage or data loss. RPO is your goal for the maximum amount of data the organization can endure losing.
What are the steps in disaster recovery?

1. Create your disaster recovery contingency planning team
2. List all names and contact details
3. Determine a chain of command
4. Consider your risk assessment
5. Do you have a ‘Plan B’ 
6. Protect your company data

What are the objectives of the disaster recovery plan?
Here are the primary goals of a disaster recovery plan. To minimize interruptions to normal operations. To limit the extent of disruption and damage. To minimize the economic impact of the interruption.
Disaster Recovery Solutions for Cloud

Disaster Recovery Solutions for Cloud

The most important asset that businesses own is data. Data is the backbone of every department and is integral to the day to day functioning of organizations. Financials, SCM, HR, and CRM are all integral functions that generate data to optimize the operational capabilities of the organization, improve the planning and allocation of resources. Most organizations store their data on the cloud or data centers on-premises to ensure that it is securely managed by data experts. Moving data to the cloud is an efficient technological solution that improves the data management capabilities of enterprises.  

Traditional cloud disaster recovery backs up data from applications to alternate data centers. According to a study done by the University of Texas, “94% of companies suffering from a catastrophic data loss do not survive – 43% never reopen and 51% close within two years.” Failure in any part of business processes can translate to a significant loss of productivity, revenue, reputation, and in some cases, customers. Cloud Disaster recovery has an edge over traditional disaster recovery as organizations do not need to build a secondary physical site and buy additional hardware and software to support critical operations. Depending on current business demands, cloud computing resources can be easily scaled up or down as required. Disaster recovery in cloud computing can be performed easily by migrating copies of data to the cloud. Backed up data can be stored across multiple geographical locations, which eliminates a single point of failure, essentially a backup copy is present even if one of the data centers fails. 

Disaster Recovery methods can be customized for backups to be active as required. For example, an active-active offering hosts a hot site, which mirrors the processes and systems. The load is synchronously shared between the system and the site, which means that when disasters occur the backup is instantly available. An active-passive setup offers a warm site, which basically ensures that core processes are constantly backed up and available instantly when a disaster occurs but the site may experience some delay. This is a lower-cost option suitable for secondary processes. Applications that are not mission-critical and need not be recovered instantly can be stored in a cold site in an active-replicated setup. This is the most budget-friendly setup which can be used to store data that may not be accessed often but recovery times will take longer. 

It is difficult to predict when failures can occur and how serious its impact will be. However, planning disaster response can help enterprises successfully recover from the potentially disastrous consequences. When disasters occur, DR ensures that the affected data, applications, and other resources are stored in the cloud so that enterprises can resume operations normally without any loss of data or performance. 

Disaster recovery is essential to Business Continuity planning. Business Continuity refers to the technological contingencies put in place to ensure that business operations can resume without delay and difficulty following any incident that could disrupt business. Disaster recovery plays a pivotal role as there could be a disruption in services due to floods, earthquakes, or cyberattacks. Organizations must analyze cases that would pose a  potential risk in order to formulate a mitigation plan.

Changing times have brought about new threats and possibilities of unforeseen breakdowns of the technological infrastructure of enterprises. In the current fast-evolving technological landscape there is a significant increase in security issues such as cyberattacks. There will always be uncertainty as to which events can potentially damage data storage and hamper the activities of enterprises and when these could potentially occur. With new technological solutions supporting data functionalities in enterprises, Disaster Recovery systems are essential to efficiently manage data.

UnitedLayer’s Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery solution enables enterprises to be resilient, respond to critical situations faster, and recovers their data from all the sources. Operate on your business-critical data requirements without any interruptions or unscheduled downtimes. Our DR solutions are highly customizable, with solutions for business continuity with sub-one-minute time where customers can build specific Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) according to their business requirements.

UnitedLayer Disaster Recovery

Overall Recovery Goals

UnitedLayer’s state-of-the-art network infrastructure ensures that any issues or errors can be quickly identified and taken care of by the expert support and managed DR services that we offer. Moreover, 24*7*365 support and maintenance are provided to data stored on the UnitedLayer infrastructure, including hardware and software upgrades. On-demand scalability enables you to add additional resources to meet the increased replication needs, this helps in reducing cost and improve business flexibility. UnitedLayer’s DR solutions are highly secure and compliant to all the industry-leading compliance standards like HIPAA and PCI.

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