Amazon Cloud Outage Proves Importance of Failover Planning
SunGard recently announced that Amazon EC2 users will be able to get disaster recovery services from the SunGard cloud, opening the door for Amazon Web Services customers to keep data and backup copies of virtual machines in a non-Amazon data center.
In the past, Amazon recommended customers keep their backup copies within an Amazon data center or regional complex of centers. It architected its regions into separate availability zones, each with its own power and communications. Even if a customer’s primary zone failed, it would be able to recover in its backup zone, previous Amazon guidance said.
As the first phase of the relationship, SunGard will leverage AWS Direct Connect, providing LAN-like connectivity from AWS’ east coast data centers to the SunGard Enterprise Cloud. This arrangement will enable SunGard to provide customers with bi-directional disaster recovery services between SunGard and AWS, without transporting data over the public internet.
This new service, in technical preview availability, will also allow customers to utilize the AWS Storage Gateway, a software appliance with cloud-based storage using Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), to asynchronously write customer data bi-directionally between the SunGard Enterprise Cloud and AWS’s storage infrastructure, providing customers an added layer of data protection for their data. The service will be architected by SunGard and will utilize both SunGard and AWS technologies.
Additionally, SunGard will continue to address the top barriers to entry of cloud computing, including application migration, data security, privacy and application availability. SunGard will focus on delivering solutions in the areas of high availability and hybrid workloads, cloud consulting and recovery/continuity services.
In addition to cloud-based recovery solutions, SunGard will offer a broader set of cloud solutions on AWS to their customers for both production and test/dev environments, allowing customers to choose from different cloud platforms based on application need.
As cloud based application become more popular, what steps will you take to protect your data?
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