Rethinking Disaster Recovery: The Impact of Cloud Computing

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Developing new strategies to reduce IT service disruptions without increasing costs is a challenge plaguing many organizations across multiple industries. Traditional solutions to enhance business continuity tend to be expensive and they still leave the organization highly vulnerable to system failures. In this paper, the authors examine the resiliency challenges facing organizations today and discuss the factors that organizations must address. Organizations need to focus on supporting multiple internal key objectives of an effective disaster recovery system, including managing and resolving ongoing capacity and skills shortages and developing new business continuity strategies to manage during downtimes and data outages. Disaster recovery plan is dedicated to a single organization, resulting in a faster time to recovery compared to other traditional models in a dedicated model of disaster recovery; whereas the secondary infrastructure located off-site is shared among multiple organizations, making it more cost effective in a shared model of disaster recovery.

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