You have a pristine copy of your current production environment, and it’s just sitting there waiting for a disaster to occur. Put it to good use.
Cloud disaster recovery helps protect your business by increasing its business continuity and resiliency, which is very important. But the investment in cloud disaster recovery is substantial, especially if you’re only going to use it when there’s a crisis.
Smart businesses are finding ways to further leverage their investment in cloud disaster recovery and using it to improve their daily operations. This makes a great deal of business sense. At its core, cloud disaster recovery is creating a pristine copy of the current production environment, and it’s just sitting there waiting for a disaster to occur.
Sungard identifies seven areas where businesses can use their cloud disaster recovery capabilities to increase their ROI.
Testing patches before sending them to production
Before you patch your production environment it’s smart to test the patches to ensure they won’t introduce any bugs. With cloud disaster recovery, users can spin up an exact replica of their production environment, test the patches, and fix any bugs without impacting the production environment.
Software developers work best under real working conditions, but they can’t test out new software code in the production environment. With cloud disaster recovery it’s easy to so spin up a duplicate of the production environment for developers to use as a sandbox. It’s even easy to make it a regular event, so giving the development team a refreshed sandbox every morning, for example.
Pre-production staging area
Before you add a new application to your production environment, it needs to be tested to make sure it won’t cause a problem with the existing systems.
With cloud disaster recovery, simply make a copy and test the application. You can then make any corrections that are required before launching it into full production.
Off-site copies for compliance purposes
An expanded dedupe pool enables the long-term data retention of snapshot backups, which can then go back in time to meet regulatory compliance
Increase application performance
The expanse of the cloud is a great place to run tests. Rather than requesting additional test resources for
testing a high performance workload, for example, it’s easy to add additional virtual memory and CPU capabilities to test how the application responds.
Run analytics without tying up production systems
One of the great things about the data used in cloud disaster recovery data is that it’s probably no older than 15 minutes old. It’s easy to run analytics on that data instead of production data.
Presenting business cases
Need an upgrade to the production environment? Before investing in cloud disaster recovery you had to deal with hypothetical situations. Now you can deal with cold hard facts. Test for more memory, more compute resources, more processors and more in the cloud then show the difference to the board in your presentation. The facts don’t lie, show them what you can deliver if they approve the upgrade.
Use you cloud disaster recovery to uncover the true potential of your organization’s data. It does more than keep your data safe until a disaster strikes. You have a clean copy of your production environment at your disposal. Use it to increase your ROI.