Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
With the rise of digital transformation and social media, customers have more options than ever before and have become accustomed to instant gratification. Therefore, they expect higher levels of service and availability at any time and from anywhere, and they are inclined to stick with companies that succeed at this. Hence, organizations that are not able to provide an “always on” experience risk losing customers to competitors.
Natural disasters, cyber-attacks, human error, and other unforeseen events can significantly impact businesses, leading to costly downtimes, critical data loss, and reputational damage. In today’s digital landscape, disaster recovery and business continuity have become crucial components of any effective IT strategy. In other words, having a robust disaster recovery and business continuity plan in place has become necessary for any organization that wants to protect its operations, revenue, and reputation.
Organizations of all sizes are facing an increasing number of threats to their business continuity and disaster recovery. Whilst disaster recovery and business continuity have always been a concern for organizations, ensuring emergency preparedness is more critical than ever with the growing complexity and interdependence of modern IT systems.
Traditional infrastructure, such as on-prem data centers, can no longer keep up with the demands of today’s fast-paced business environment. Some of the disaster recovery and business continuity challenges encountered by traditional organizations with on-prem infrastructure are;
- Implementation and maintenance complexities of conventional plans and the need for substantial resources and expertise
- Limited scalability, not meeting the needs of a rapidly growing organization
- High capital expenditure in hardware and software
- Limited flexibility and agility; not adaptive to changing business requirements, difficult recovery from different types of disasters
- Prolonged recovery times resulting in lost productivity and revenue
- Limited geographic coverage for protecting against regional disasters and outages
- Limited off-site protection to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster
- Little or no backup capabilities
With the rise of the cloud, many traditional companies are turning to multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions to improve their resilience (antifragility) and protect against outages and disasters (black swans).
Black Swans and Antifragility
“Black swans” is a concept coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.” The term refers to rare and unpredictable events that significantly impact the world, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks or the 2008 financial crisis. These events are often characterized by their low probability of occurrence and high impact, and they are often not anticipated by experts or models.
“Antifragility” is another concept introduced by Taleb in his book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.” It refers to the systems or entities that actually benefit from shocks or stressors rather than being harmed by them. Antifragile systems are able to adapt and even improve as a result of stressors, unlike fragile systems, which are easily broken or damaged by them.
By replacing traditional infrastructure with multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions, organizations achieve much better protection of their data and systems, reduce the risk of a single point of failure, and improve their overall disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities, eventually becoming “antifragile”.In this article, we’ll explore the most indispensable benefits of multicloud and hybrid cloud for disaster recovery and business continuity and how organizations can leverage these solutions to better protect their critical data and systems.
Multi-region deployment enables deploying data and resources across multiple geographic regions and ensures that data and resources are spread across multiple locations, thus protecting against regional disasters and outages. Beyond that, organizations can reduce the risk of a single point of failure by using multiple cloud providers. Multi and hybrid clouds prevent vendor lock-in and provide flexibility to switch providers if needed. If one cloud provider experiences an outage, selected workloads can be shifted to another provider, minimizing disruption to the business.
Another important diversification benefit is risk mitigation: By using multiple cloud providers, organizations can diversify the risks they are exposed to, such as outages, data breaches, and other disruptions.
Multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions allow organizations to choose the best-suited cloud provider for different workloads and applications based on their specific needs and requirements on cost, security, compliance, performance, and location, providing flexibility to move data and resources as needed.
Organizations can move data and resources between different cloud providers if needed via standardized APIs and protocols, as well as cloud management platforms that automate the process of moving data and resources.
Multi-provider redundancy helps organizations use multiple cloud providers for different purposes and configure them in a way that allows for automatic failover in case of an outage. Cloud-agnostic applications, which are designed to run on multiple cloud platforms, and cloud-native architecture that is portable and deployable across multiple cloud providers allow organizations to move their workloads between different cloud providers with minimal disruption.
In addition, leveraging multicloud management tools help with managing and monitoring different cloud providers with insights into workloads, performance, and costs for optimization and efficiency.
Traditional on-prem data centers are often expensive to set up, maintain, and upgrade. The costs of power, cooling, and real estate can add up quickly, and organizations may find that they are spending more money on maintaining their data center than on other business-critical functions. However, with the cloud, organizations can choose the most cost-effective solution for each workload, taking advantage of the different pricing models and services offered by cloud providers.
Cloud reduces costs by only charging for the resources used, and major cloud providers include a pay-as-you-go model and “spot instances”, a spare capacity that cloud providers sell at a discounted rate for cost savings. Moreover, organizations can manage and monitor their usage of multiple cloud providers, optimize costs, and automate cost-saving actions by taking advantage of multicloud management tools.
Another cost-effective technique is cloud bursting, where organizations use multiple cloud providers to burst into the cloud when they need additional resources and then scale back down when they no longer need them to avoid the costs of maintaining the excess capacity on-premises.
Furthermore, cloud service brokers and cloud consultant companies that are experts on cloud vendors can help organizations discover the most cost-effective solution by negotiating deals and comparing prices between different cloud providers on their behalf.
Multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions can help organizations meet regulatory requirements around data sovereignty and data protection laws by allowing them to store data in specific geographic locations. This way, organizations can choose the providers that are best suited to their compliance needs and store data in different locations and subject to different jurisdictions.
Since multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions allow organizations to store and process data in different locations, they can also comply with data segregation requirements. Organizations can keep different types of data separate as cloud providers offer multi-tenancy features that help create isolated environments for different departments, users, or customers and Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) features that allow the creation of isolated networks within the cloud provider’s infrastructure. In addition, network segmentation helps create different segments within the network, and access control features in cloud providers enable the set up of fine-grained access controls for different users and groups and limit access to sensitive data.
In addition, organizations can select cloud providers that have achieved specific compliance certifications, such as SOC 2, PCI DSS, and HIPAA, and cloud providers that offer tailored services, such as encryption and key management, which can help them meet specific compliance requirements. For instance, organizations can use encryption to protect data in transit and at rest and comply with data encryption requirements.
Some cloud suppliers have more advanced reporting features, such as compliance reporting and auditing. While compliance reporting ensures meeting regulatory requirements, auditing helps with tracking and monitoring data access.
Organizations can no longer afford to have their operations interrupted by unplanned outages because of the increasing dependence on technology in business operations. Additionally, with the rise of e-commerce and the need for connectivity, even brief outages can have significant consequences. Furthermore, many organizations are now subject to compliance regulations that require them to have a certain level of uptime, and non-compliance can result in significant fines. Therefore, they need to quickly and effectively respond to disruptions, minimize downtime, and ensure business continuity. Multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions can provide organizations with the flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness to drive retention while also protecting data and mission-critical applications in the event of a disaster.
Working with a reliable cloud partner facilitates access to the latest technologies and best practices, scaling quickly and efficiently as needed, and peace of mind knowing that your data and applications are secure. If your organization is looking to adopt a multicloud or hybrid cloud, please contact us to learn more about how we can help your business. By leveraging the expertise and resources at Kartaca, you can focus on the core business activities while we take care of your infrastructure and management of your cloud environment.
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