If you’re traveling this summer and are choosing what money to carry with you in tourist-filled cities, which would you rather have with you cash or traveler's checks? Most people would choose traveler's checks because if it’s lost or stolen they can typically be replaced.
Setting up disaster recovery (DR) in advance of a disaster is somewhat like the previous example. A DR site is like an insurance policy against something that could happen. It’s much easier to set it up before disaster than to lose everything and have to start from scratch.
Much as it wouldn’t be feasible to have a second home just in case something happened to your primary residence, it’s not feasible or economical to set up an entire mirrored architecture should you experience an issue with your first (primary) architecture. Disaster recovery mitigates the risk of losing your data without requiring a double investment of resources to create an entirely different datacenter.
Specifically looking at DR workloads in the cloud, the cloud can provide economical, efficient options for businesses looking to back up their data seamlessly and without worry. Each DR cloud strategy is different and the options are constantly changing as the space evolves. DR in the cloud is economical because you can pay only what you need and your capacity grows or shrinks as you need it to and in relation to what you’re using. You never have to be in the position of paying for something you don’t want, need or use.
Bluelock Virtual Datacenters continue to offer the trait of letting customers choose their own resource allocation in their VDCs, even for DR workloads. Make decisions about how to deliver to a range Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and a range of Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) specifically chosen based on the risk your workload can endure.
Choosing a DR solution that can be customized to exactly what you need helps to keep you backup (think of it as your “insurance”) costs low while giving you piece of mind that your information is safe no matter what happens.
This blog is the third in a series of four counting down popular uses for Virtual Datacenters. Watch the Bluelock Blog next week for a feature on end-of-life applications in Virtual Datacenters.
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