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Network infrastructure foundational to cloud disaster recovery strategies

By Donna Donnawitz
April 18, 2012
Cloud computing is not just about cutting costs and outsourcing IT. The technology also has the potential to provide an ideal backup and recovery solution. However, the success of the cloud in backup and recovery is inherently linked to how well a business aligns its network infrastructure to support the demands presented by a robust cloud strategy, Network World reported.

When turning to the cloud for backup and recovery, the first thing organizations need to understand is the importance of the recovery process. Backing data up is fairly easy and there are plenty of ways to do it, both on the cloud and through secondary means. However, getting that information into a position where it can be used to recover enterprise systems is another story, the report said. Recovering operations after a disaster is extremely difficult, with even leading cloud providers being able to promise recovery in 24 hours, a pace far greater than most traditional recovery strategies, but not fast enough for many industries.

According to the news source, cloud computing has the potential to turn recovery into an extremely fast process, but will only be able to do so if organizations take measures to improve their network. Recovering a corporate IT department after a major outage or natural disaster requires the transmission of massive quantities of data from the cloud backup facility to corporate data centers and offices. As a result, a network with limited bandwidth will hold back recovery to such an extent that it can seriously impact an organization's bottom line.

To avoid this unfortunate result, the report said organizations should not only upgrade their network systems so they can handle the large-scale transmissions necessary to recover systems quickly, but also implement data center management solutions that allow the IT department to accelerate how information passes from one facility to another and streamline device configuration to support recovery.

Console server infrastructure could pay dividends in this area. A console server system connects a data center to control systems that allow IT workers to manage a facility remotely. These can be configured to do everything from providing device-level control over how servers are established to allowing for facility management to ensure cooling systems, access control and other solutions are running properly.

Perle’s wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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