If You Want Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery, You Can’t Beat the Cloud
by Josh Anderson
CHICAGO, IL — There is a whole journey involved with Cloud enablement. And there is the same journey to be made with colocation. As with any sale, sometimes the details just come down to your client. So at our Chicago and Midwest Data Center Summit in March, we asked some data center insiders how their end-users are approaching their custom-design build solutions when they decide that they want to, for example, be in co-location, or have decided what’s “cloud-right.” Or what if, even, they’ve decided to go the hybrid route?
We first heard from Emil Sayegh, Chief Executive Officer at Hostway Services, Inc. “Think about workloads that have been long-parked in the Public Cloud. I’m going to give you an example that will hopefully resonate,” he began. “So imagine that you’re going to do disaster recovery. If you want to do disaster recovery, you’re going to have to have active-active. Which is the best time to recovery from a disaster in your primary site. You’re going to have to essentially, in the old model, set up an identical architecture to do what you had in your primary. Then you replicate and what not.”
“But so that we’re not just cloud-bashing here, look at the advantages of the Cloud,” he qualified. “The Cloud gives you the opportunity to do it very inexpensively. Not necessarily the entire infrastructure, but an image of one of the devices. And then, whenever – god forbid – an event happens at your primary site, you fail over to the Cloud.”
That’s when you start the scale, and also when the meter starts to run, said Sayegh. “That’s when your expenses will go up,” he laughed.
“But you will only pay for it, and that eventual catastrophe that’s happening at your primary site, that’s a good way to capitalize and use the Cloud – for those applications that potentially don’t have to necessarily meet as many compliance and security requirements,” continued Sayegh.
Next, Mike Coleman, Data Center Operations Executive for HWOps at Google chimed in. “Also, you get the applications that have the auto-rebuild capability,” he pointed out. “So if you have one application that is corrupted, then those instances are basically available to you to restore. So those are Cloud advantages. Once your data is re-factored and able to move seamlessly, you have the ability to instantly rebuild that work – and it’s automated too.”
Finally, Raymond Parpart, Director for Data Center Strategy & Operations at the University of Chicago offered some scholarly perspective. “It’s like the Sungard model – we pay a lot of money to go to Sungard, but hopefully never have to. And then we do, the meter really starts to tick. But you’ve got similar environments, from a business continuity and disaster recovery model, you can’t beat the cloud.”
Check out a previous CAPRE Insider Report covering this panel:
- Local Data Center Insiders Talk the Economics of the Cloud at Chicago Summit: Think Back to Pay-As-You-Go Cell Plans
- Chicago Insiders Say Application Rationalization is Key to a Successful Cloud Migration: Can You? Could You? Should You?
Banner Image Right: Emil Sayegh, Chief Executive Officer, Hostway Services, Inc