Best Practices for Implementing Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

No matter how robust an organization’s IT systems may seem, disruptions are inevitable. Whether caused by human error, natural disasters, or malicious cyberattacks, an event that disrupts the operation of one or more of an organization’s applications can result in financial loss, reputation damage, and non-compliance.

According to IDC, in 2020 the cost of annual system downtime ranged between $1.25B to $2.5B, so it’s not surprising that disaster recovery has become an essential component of an organization’s business continuity strategy.

Given the high stakes, IT teams need to understand the core concepts of disaster recovery, the differences between disaster recovery and backup, and best practices for planning and implementing disaster recovery. They should also explore the benefits of using public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) as recovery sites for on-premises and cloud-based applications. In many cases, cloud-based recovery both lowers costs and improves resilience.

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