Building an Innovative Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan

Best Practices, Tools, and Templates

Published July 2020

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The rise of virtualization as a business tool has revolutionized the way companies operate today. By decoupling data from the underlying physical hardware, businesses are freed from the limitations imposed by a need to keep their data within arm’s reach — it can now be stored anywhere in the world that it makes operational and regulatory sense to do so. However, while data is more mobile than ever, many organizations do not have a comprehensive plan in place for how to recover their data in case of natural disaster, ransomware, etc.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. They also project cybercrime “will be more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs combined.” In such a climate, an attack is not a matter of if, but when. The secret to recovering from a ransomware breach or other disaster lies in preparation. It is no longer sufficient, or even wise, for an IT manager to cross their fingers and hope that their company won’t be attacked — they must take active, purposeful steps to prepare for the inevitable. In today’s 24x7x365, always-on world, a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan is no longer a “nice to have” — it should be a critical part of every company’s data management strategy.

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