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Disaster Recovery and Hybrid Clouds


Author : Karan Kirpalani
Date : March 28, 2016
Category : Cloud Computing / Hybricloud

Disaster recovery is an important pre-requisite and a must have solution that can be incredibly expensive, resource intensive and error prone. Resource crunched organizations often make a mistake by placing secondary data centers too close to their primary facilities, or cutting corners on performance and redundancy in network connections, snapshots, backups and server clusters.

The bright side is that meticulously designed hybrid cloud architecture can provide first-class disaster recovery without huge capital outlays and operational investments. Organizations can maintain control of their sensitive data by harnessing the public cloud for compute, backup storage or an entire secondary infrastructure and meet both recovery time and recovery point objectives, while cutting DR costs.

Disaster Recovery And The Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud offers advantages when it comes to disaster recovery. Due to the architecture disaster recovery can be more cost effective and flexibility and agility of disaster recovery is significantly improved.

The hybrid cloud is an ideal operating architecture for disaster recovery. As hybrid cloud becomes more widely used and better understood it will lead the way to a transformed disaster recovery approach with capability of being a more effective and efficient route to protect critical applications.

Hybrid cloud is facilitating the move away from the common disaster recovery approaches including on-premises replicated data centers and colocation.

On premise replicated data centers work well for many businesses however this approach is highly resource dependent requiring power, cooling and proper network infrastructure for effective disaster recovery support. With the addition of manpower to keep the site maintained this approach is extremely costly.

Colocation, whereby a third party colocation site is rented for disaster recovery, is a second commonly used approach. This method for disaster recovery is widely available and easily employed and capital expenditure is less compared to the first approach.  However to ensure the colo is not also affected by the disaster the business experiences it should be located in a different geographic location to the business and distance relates to increased cost.

Hybrid cloud is the opportunity for a third disaster recovery approach, through Disaster-recovery-as-a service (DRaaS). The public cloud can now be utilized as the offsite location to store a secondary copy of data.  The hybrid cloud offers the array of benefits companies look for in disaster recovery approaches including geographic diversity, fixed pricing and managed services (to look after hardware and infrastructure).

The hybrid cloud simplifies how we approach disaster recovery without abating the benefits, probably achieving more than is possible from other strategies.

Further benefits achieved through disaster recovery in hybrid cloud and DRaaS:

Live Replication Of Data

Unlike other backup solutions DRaaS enables live replication of data in real time so that the data is always up to date and protected.

Remote Operation

The opportunity to leverage a managed service provider enables you to operate your cloud data remotely whenever required


Virtualization can offer many benefits (reduced costs, automation and less complex infrastructure). With DRaaS your disaster recovery can be managed remotely ensuring a consistent approach to disaster recovery.

Implementation of a Hybrid Cloud for DR purposes is becoming increasingly common, but it not trivial. For assistance or advice in this area please contact us and our DR experts will guide you on your way.

Author : Karan Kirpalani

Karan represents a new generation of Product Marketing Managers that can cover core product development & management activities as well as product marketing activities. To his customers & colleagues, he is the Go-to-guy for consultations.