Cloud Based Disaster Recovery: Moving large amounts of data before and after a disaster

The city of Calgary when it was flooded.

Cloud based disaster recovery plans are common at organizations of all sizes today, allowing smaller companies the same DR that was once only available with enterprise infrastructures and big budgets. 

“Having DR sites in the cloud reduces the need for data center space, IT infrastructure and IT resources, which leads to significant cost reductions,” says Jacob Gsoedl in a recent Storage Magazine article, “enabling smaller companies to deploy disaster recovery options that were previously only found in larger enterprises.”

Yet, as Gosedl points out, there are several challenges that need to be understood before companies implement a cloud disaster recovery plan, including transporting data to and from cloud storage quickly and securely.

Over the past few months, I’ve heard from a number of companies looking to use cloud services, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as part of a disaster recovery plan.

Some companies have data stored in the cloud, perhaps in Amazon Glacier, where they’re archiving critical business information. In other situations, they’re developing backup systems that can be used in case their primary datacenter goes down. (I also talk to lots of companies that are using cloud vendors as their primary data center.)

In all of these cases, there’s a need to move a large amount of data to or from the cloud very quickly. In preparing for the disaster, you want to be sure you have the most recent information available in the cloud. In the event of a disaster, you want to move that information to alternate systems (or use the cloud as your alternate) as quickly as possible.

Additionally, as soon as the cloud system kicks in, new sets of problems pop up. All of a sudden the file copy command that used to take seconds takes minutes, or longer. And applications slow way down under the weight of transferring large amounts of data.

Signiant Flight, our tool for securely accelerating files to and from cloud storage, addresses all of these issues and is being adopted across many industries that are looking to implement cloud disaster recovery.

As a SaaS solution, Flight is very easy to use and allows a choice of cloud storage providers. Flight also has SDKs that integrate into a number of different applications, both web and desktop, so all of your applications keep working in the event of a disaster.

If you are considering cloud data recovery, being able to transfer large files quickly without impacting critical systems—both before and after a disaster—is essential.

To learn more about Signiant Flight, check out this short eBook: Scale Up Architecture for Accelerated Large File Transfer to the Cloud.

Photo Credit: Looking downtown from Riverfront Ave in Calgary, during the Alberta floods 2013, by Ryan L. C. Quan.

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