In terms of cloud disaster recovery, there are a variety of options to choose from. Between private, public, and hybrid cloud, it can be difficult to know which is the best option for your business. To make the decision easier, we’ve weighed the pros and cons of each option below.
Using a private cloud is the most expensive option. Organizations with a private cloud own the entire infrastructure. While this gives the organization total control over all of the resources that the cloud offers, they also have to finance everything. If a company can afford this option, the level of flexibility they’ll be afforded as a result of having complete control is significantly higher than in a public cloud.
Additionally, private clouds are not a shared resource. Because the cloud is only used by the organization that owns it, cloud services aren’t slowed down by a large number of users. When using a public cloud, a shared resource, an organization doesn’t have control over the contention and slowdown that can occur in services. For example, in the event of a natural disaster, a large number of businesses would attempt to fail over to their chosen cloud disaster recovery all at the same time, causing a massive slowdown for everybody.
However, for smaller companies, the public cloud is a viable option for disaster recovery. This approach can often offer greater capabilities in disaster recovery for their budget than on-premises disaster recovery. However, because other organizations use the public cloud as well, there isn’t a guarantee that the services will be completely reliable.
A hybrid cloud is a practical option for businesses of varying size. Because this approach makes use of a shared resource, its cost is lower. When using a hybrid cloud method, companies pay to use another organization’s cloud but do not have to pay to maintain it. This way, businesses can keep their essential apps on site, and transfer the rest of their data to a backup provider they choose.
Disaster recovery is a necessity and the number of approaches you can take to it is overwhelming. However, making a choice regarding cloud disaster recovery comes down to the amount of risk a business is willing to deal with, against how much the service costs. Consider the pros and cons of these options to assist in making your decision.
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