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Published November 22, 2016

Part 2 – How to keep your company running during an emergency

Article, Cloud Computing

Emergency preparedness techniques all companies must know in order to survive an unexpected disaster.

Continuing the discussion on emergency preparedness techniques all companies must know in order to survive an unexpected disaster.

Regular execution and testing of emergency plans
If you put together an emergency plan and then don’t test it regularly to make sure that it works and still meets your current risk requirements, then when a real incident happens, all that planning was for nothing.

Your private cloud should be engineered with redundancy built-in, and it should allow you to set the level of protection and recovery that makes sense for you. At a base level, your Dedicated Private Cloud (DPC) clusters should replicate all data in any node to at least two other nodes, providing redundancy of data. This can be combined as desired by DPC users with protection of VMs, providing protection of critical workloads and data even in the event of an underlying node’s hardware.

For customers who want to enable High Availability across multiple clusters, they should seek options to implement private clouds in multiple data centres, providing the ability to create geographic redundancy in active-active or active-passive configurations, across either a single metro region or nationally.

Beyond this, DPC should be connected to your provider’s backup services and pre-enabled with backup software, providing your company with on-demand access to an additional layer of data backup outside the cluster.

Your service provider should be able to offer you many other options for other layers of redundancy or resiliency as it relates to their cloud platform, and they should be able to work with you to design a solution that meets your specific requirements in each case.

Lastly, the cloud related services that your company is receiving should be built on a redundant network fabric and should include redundant 10Gbps connectivity out of the fabric to prevent connectivity failure. In addition, the service provider’s private cloud should connect to a separate out of band (OOB) management network, which provides an additional method to connect to resources as required.