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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cloud Storage Strategy Series I – Disaster Recovery

Cloud Storage is a natural fit for Disaster recovery. It could also be the most prominent use case for cloud storage because the storage is offsite and faster than tape. 

Step 1 – Find a Cloud Storage Provider

Many will pick either Amazon S3 or Rackspace CloudFiles. These two are the biggest 2 cloud storage service providers.

However, we see many more options starting this year. For example, Windows Azure started in January. Google Storage announced around May. EMC World announced the EMC Atmos. At the end of the year, almost all major MSPs will have cloud storage offering.

This article discussed in more details on how to pick a cloud storage service.

Step 2 – Organize Storage Tiers

You may need to categorize your internal data first. Such as the data on this server is more important, the folder with these names are important and so on.  You will need to do so to backup important data first.

Step 3 – Find the Cloud Access Solution

If you have on-premise backup solution already, such as Symantec Backup Exec, or CommVault Simpana, these solutions may have partnered with cloud storage vendors to give you both the backup solution and the cloud storage solution.

If you just have the on-premise backup solution and need a gateway to save the output of the backup to the cloud, you can find a cloud gateway solution. For example, you can use Gladinet CloudAFS to attach cloud storage to file server and backup to the CIFS/SMB network shares exposed by the CloudAFS.

This article discussed in more details on how to pick a cloud storage gateway.

If you need an out of box turnkey cloud backup solution, You can use Gladinet Cloud Backup to backup to your cloud storage of choice.

Step 4 – Find a Backup Cloud Storage Provider

Just like you don’t put all eggs in one basket, you may need to put the most important data on two different cloud storage service providers. This article talks about a list of cloud storage service providers and their niches.

Step 5 – Restore & Recovery Rehearsal

Periodically you will need to check the backup dataset and perform some selective recovery to make sure you can get your files back when needed. 

Related Article:

A List of Cloud Storage Providers and Their Niches

How to Pick a Cloud Storage Service

How to Pick a Cloud Storage Gateway

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