Ten Ways to Ensure Disaster Protection in the Cloud

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-26-2012

Ten Ways to Ensure Disaster Protection in the Cloud

1. Safe Distance
Validate that you have multiple cloud providers and that their physical location is far removed from yours.

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2. High Priority
Rank business applications in order of importance to pinpoint which are absolutely required to keep company running.

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3. Time Sync
Among those must-have apps, evaluate how quickly contingency plans will make them available after an event.

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4. Hardcopy
Keep physical copies of critical apps and software, instead of depending solely upon e-representations.

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5. Contractual Language
Review cloud-vendor agreements to see what is being promised in case of a disaster - especially restoration times.

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6. Making the Grade
Test all mission-critical apps with cloud vendors at least once a year.

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7. A La Carte
Adopt a "pay as you go" model for computing, storage, networking, tech support.

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8. Doubling Up
Take advantage of redundant communications channels - including social media such as Twitter - to keep connections open.

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9. Helping Hand
Make sure that all company locations have fail-over strategies in place to allow those in an impacted area to turn to, if needed.

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10. People Power
Train staff at those fail-over sites so they're knowledgeable about your systems, for shorter recovery times.

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