Cloud computing has been the “next big thing” for the past couple of years. Every tech company under the sun is trying to figure out a way to leverage cloud technology and every service provider is looking for ways to support it. Cloud technology is pretty cool and can really save the day, when it works.
But as with all technology, the question isn’t if it will fail, but when. Many people have spent the last two years re-thinking their infrastructure, moving critical servers and server backups to the cloud, where they will be ‘safe.’ That’s a recipe for disaster. There have been many headline-grabbing cloud outages in the first half of the year. If you bought into the hype and put all of your eggs in the cloud basket, you may find yourself in serious trouble.
The remedy for this should be obvious. Rather than move all your critical server operations to the cloud, you should continue to keep a server backup onsite, as your first line of defense. Companies that have a local backup – in addition to their cloud backup – don’t lose any sleep over cloud failures. It’s a blip on the screen and barely worth noting.
Amazon Cloud Failure Due to Lightning Strike
Let’s consider a scenario that’s a compound failure: your local server goes down. Your cloud provider lets you know you can’t failover into the cloud. Their data center was hit by lightning last night. This is exactly what caused an Amazon cloud failure in Europe.
This is precisely why you need near-line backup as well. IT administrators that are using a best-in-class backup solution like ShadowProtect can get servers running again in a few minutes. If they’re also running StorageCraft’s HeadStart Restore technology in conjunction with ShadowProtect, users would barely notice the server went down.
So when putting together or revising your disaster recovery plan, save yourself some headaches and only give one ear to the hype. Make sure your plan covers multiple failures and includes near-line and off-site backup with quick recovery capabilities.
If you are using cloud applications, you might do well to backup that data as well. Cloud apps data is not ‘safe’ once it’s in the cloud: even providers like Amazon or Microsoft have failures, and they don’t protect data from human error. So a cloud backup for SaaS applications is also worth your trouble.