The past year has been a wake-up call for many organizations in terms of business interruption. The news coverage of Hurricane Sandy knocking down the northeast corridor was painful to watch and an important reminder. Every business should have an up-to-date and thorough disaster recovery and business continuity plan – just in case.
While the complexity of data protection needed for true disaster recovery has grown along with our dependence on electronic information, the cloud has provided a low cost method to respond. Cloud services in the form of data storage and back up have been a primary driver to the growth of public cloud platforms like Windows Azure.
Due diligence in disaster recovery planning
As part of the due diligence in preparing disaster recovery plans, each business should carefully consider the qualifications of the cloud vendor they select. For example, it is important to select a vendor with trusted datacenter infrastructure in diverse geographic locations. A key reason that many companies are choosing Windows Azure is to take advantage of the Microsoft’s experience designing, managing and securing world-class data centers in diverse locations around the world.
Microsoft’s global datacenters – 4 in the USA, 2 in Europe and 2 in the Asia pacific region – provide services in 83 countries around the world. Additional value that businesses find with Windows Azure as part of their disaster recovery plan, include:
- In addition to using Storage services for applications running on Windows Azure, data is accessible from virtually anywhere via REST and managed API’s.
- Windows Azure Blobs, Tables and Queues stored on Windows Azure are replicated three times in the same data center for resiliency against hardware failure.
- Windows Azure Storage is a managed service and has a 99.9% monthly SLA.
As you are updating your disaster recovery plans, let’s talk about how Hanu can help determine the best solution for your business.