Many believe that DR (disaster recovery) is built into the cloud. It’s not. Although many cloud providers do a fair job of making sure you can recover your data, you could be missing out on the capabilities that truly define a DR system. These include the abilities to:
- Separate data from metadata, which allows for a better understanding about what you back up.
- Deal with data compliance issues, such as HIPAA, GDPR (General Data Protection Regularion), and PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).
- Manage widely distributed data, including data on laptops and mobile devices.
- Avoid backups for redundant data, leveraging a single source of truth.
- Back up both cloud-based and on-premises systems using a single DR system.
Enter the new array of cloud-ready and cloud-delivered DR systems that can replace existing legacy DR systems, including the weekly tape backups that go off site via FedEx, along with a lot of money over the years. These new kids on the block have given DR a much-needed facelift and new capabilities to match how we’re doing computing these days, including cloud and mobile.