10 best practices for cloud disaster recovery

Cloud Disaster Recovery 10 Best Practices

Cloud DRP SecurityCreating out a complete cloud disaster recovery infrastructure can be cost prohibitive for many organizations.  Ten best practices are:

  1. The cloud can fail – have local backups that are your local servers
  2. Not all systems are critical – determine ahead of time what application are mandatory
  3. Be ready with continuous backup – traditional tape backups will not do
  4. Have a tested plan in place on how and what you want to restore
  5. Backup everything that you need for the Operating System (ie Virtual Machines) to work
  6. Keep long term data storage out of the cloud to minimize expense
  7. Validate the security of the cloud environment
  8. Run the recovery process completely in the cloud
  9. Use a single solution for backup and recovery of data in both the cloud and local environment
  10. Test the entire process at least annually.

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.