Cloud providers set up their data centers all over the world to offer complete coverage in each corner of the world. Each location or country for different data centers has its own advantage in terms of cost or features. However, these data centers are also prone to the disaster that plagues the specific country or location. Fire, complete power outage, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes are just some events that can cause a data center disaster. Once the natural calamity is over, the IT team’s most important task is to perform recovery and get everything back on track. If you have a backup, you wouldn’t break a sweat, but if you have no backup, your only option is to pray with all your heart.
Conversely, what if the disaster that occurs at your data center is not local, your cloud vendor experiences a sudden outage, or the Virtual machine you are using crashes? These scenarios can happen to anyone, and you can’t help it. This will lead to you losing some bits and bytes of your essential files or data forever.
Creating only one backup pile of your data, whether on-premise or cloud, makes a recovery fully dependent on that single backup’s integrity.
So, what is the way to ensure that your disaster recovery plan works? Yes, you need a multi-cloud disaster recovery plan. Well, this is why we are here:
What is multi-cloud disaster recovery?
In the most basic terms, multi-cloud disaster recovery means ensuring that your data is stored with more than one cloud vendor. For many organizations, multi-cloud backups can be as easy as sending data to multiple providers, such as Google Cloud Platform or Amazon AWS.
Big public cloud vendors like Google even offer an automated backup service for platforms like Amazon S3 to ensure that essential web apps and data are stored on two locations.
The Multi-cloud disaster strategy is easier said than done. The actual implementation and administration can get complicated very quickly.
How to implement a multi-cloud disaster recovery strategy?
Designing your roadmap from the start point to the finish line is essential. Setting goals, assigning responsibility, selecting the right tools, and creating a time table are all part of a successful multi-cloud disaster recovery strategy.
One of the primary concerns while starting multi-cloud backups is the location of providers’ data centers. You need to ensure that the providers you will select will allow you to have the locations you want for your data centers. Make sure all the locations are different from each other.
The next major concern can be the skill level and experience of your IT department with regard to cloud technology. Every cloud vendor has its own interface, and having a hands-on experience with one doesn’t mean your IT expert will feel at home with another. IT staff can be trained, but it will be better to select providers your teams already know.
When you are done with the planning phase, you need to select the right arsenal and start backing up your data to your selected cloud providers. This is the time when you can start another phase by testing your setup over and over.
You have to perform disaster recovery exercises that will stress on your setup’s potential weak links. In order to cover all the bases, you will need to develop multiple exercises. Design such situations that put your infrastructure, cloud providers, and even staff under pressure so that you can find even the smallest chink in your data recovery setup.
Maintaining business continuity in this data-driven world means you have to ensure no loophole is left open. If you are planning to use a multi-cloud strategy to protect your data, ensure that your web apps are always up and running.