Disaster Plans now include cloud

More CIOs opt for Disaster Plans that include the cloud

Once a CIO includes a cloud provider in their disaster plans the flood gates are opened. We have found that is the point where companies hit the stage where they are using cloud systems as a standard part of IT architecture.  They weigh the pros and cons of various providers and models and continually shift to achieve the optimal mix. A majority of companies are moving from one public cloud provider to another, moving from a public cloud provider to their own private cloud, or moving applications back in-house and on-premise.

Disaster Plans

A recent study found that more than six in ten cloud users have made secondary shifts of infrastructure or applications following their original transition to the cloud.

  • Public to Public: The most popular type of move is from one public cloud provider to another. Factors for switching providers include security, costs, features, open standards, outages and customer service.
  • Public to Private: Many businesses may give the label ‘private cloud’ to a virtualized set of resources. A true private cloud employs software that manages resources automatically, dynamically allocating as needed without manual intervention.
  • Public to On-Premise: By far the primary motivation to move back to an on-premise system is security. Companies may simply move a particular application that gives them concern, while they still have less sensitive applications on public cloud platforms.

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.