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Blueprint for cloud-based disaster recovery
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 3 May 2011
Cloud computing, along with mobile and tablet devices, accounts for much of the high-tech buzz these days. But when it comes to hype, the cloud seems to absorb more than its fair share, which has had the unintended consequence of sometimes overshadowing its real utility. Although the concept -- and some of the products and services -- of cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) is still nascent, some companies, especially smaller organizations, are discovering and starting to leverage cloud services for DR. It can be an attractive alternative for companies that may be strapped for IT resources because the usage-based cost of cloud services is well suited for DR where the secondary infrastructure is parked and idling most of the time. Having DR sites in the cloud reduces the need for data center space, IT infrastructure and IT resources, which leads to significant cost reductions, enabling smaller companies to deploy disaster recovery options that were previously only found in larger enterprises. “Cloud-based DR moves the discussion ...
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