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Migrate to Cloud With New DR Plans

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Curious about what to include and how to rewrite the Disaster Recovery plan? Read here to get a few ideas

Fremont, CA: The IT department of any organization is responsible for drafting Disaster Recovery Plans. With industries moving to edge and cloud environments, the responsibility has somewhat increased and has become more complicated, which in turn compels the IT department to redraft the DR plans. Confused what to include and how to rewrite the DR plan? Read here to get a few ideas.

Physical Security is Important

Though the data and process slowly travel to edge and cloud environment, physical security gets more prone to face disasters. Hence it is most important to make plans to secure the physical locations with more physical inspections and testing of equipment regularly.

Role of Cloud Vendors Should Be Recognized

Most of the cloud vendors have clauses in their contracts, which gives them an excuse from liability if a disaster occurs. Choosing a responsible vendor and have talked over security concerns and DR plans is a must for any business entity that is planning to move to the cloud.

IT Does Not Control the Edge

IT department has its control over the cloud, but given the adoption of edge computing, it does not have enough DR plans, which are centrally standardized. For instance, manufacturing personnel has also access to the equipment they are dealing with. Though they do not have the know-how of security and asset protection, they have access to install/monitor new edge networks to that equipment, which in turn could lead to severe failure. Therefore it is advised to meet, discuss, and involve such people while drafting DR plans and also educate them about migrating to the cloud.

DR for Multiple Geographies

A company shouldn't rely on a DR plan, which is centralized over one location or data center. While choosing cloud providers, preference must be given to those who have multiple geo-locations. This enables the organization which works on multiple locations to have at least other stations operating while one is down or facing data disaster.

Focus on DR Communication

A company should follow a communication 'tree' which explains what and whom to communicate during a disaster and also look that everyone adheres to. This solves half the problem during the disaster, and solutions can be found without creating much chaos among the employees or even customers.

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