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Leveraging The Cloud- One unintended consequence of the current pandemic is that it has forced many businesses to reevaluate their business continuity plans. Many such plans accounted for devastations inflicted by fire, water, weather and other natural disasters — the damages that can result from physical tragedies, but not from a pandemic.
In most of the resiliency planning I’ve been a part of over the years, the primary driver was to deal with the loss of physical assets such as data centers, not the inability of people to run them. Regardless of the disaster’s source, many businesses will struggle during a 30-day to 60-day shutdown.
The good news is that there are some key actions to take to support business continuity during a disaster, such as remote operations and administration of core systems. Public cloud services offer additional opportunities to find the most efficient path to resiliency. This article explores a few of those.
Planning For A Crisis
As the pandemic has progressed, many enterprises suddenly have huge numbers of customers and employees working from remote locations.
There are some tactical things you can do to facilitate this remote work, such as standing up email servers in the clouds or moving data and applications using a lift-and-shift approach. What’s clear is that there needs to be a more formal and longer-term plan that ensures enterprise IT solutions are capable of resiliency to make it through a crisis using preplanned approaches and technology, whether they leverage the cloud or not.
Below are four things to consider:
Storage systems are the lifeblood of enterprise IT. They are where the information exists, either in a database or on a raw storage system. Moving your storage systems to the public cloud can offer a few key benefits:
• No need to manually maintain local hardware and software; it’s on a virtual server managed by a public cloud company with a team that is more familiar with those systems’ operations.