Forrester data indicates that improving business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) ranks at or near the top of Asia Pacific companies’ vendor and product selection criteria. However, the technology infrastructure to support BC/DR is poorly architected, funded, and managed. Many firms are now looking to potentially outsource their DR infrastructure and leverage the public cloud’s pay-per-use model via vendors like Amazon Web Services.
Despite the low price points, high degree of automation, and robust infrastructure, few companies are using public cloud as a DR site. This will change as network carrier infrastructure matures and firms start complementing existing infrastructure with public cloud initiatives. Firms will discover that cloud DR, particularly in the public cloud, is an opportunity to free up resources and capital to support new business initiatives. Forrester sees three primary use cases for cloud DR:
- A milestone on a public cloud journey. Few firms currently plan to replace existing technology with public cloud services, but many are experimenting with such services for low-risk use cases by complementing their existing technology stack to avoid jeopardizing the safety and reliability of existing systems.
- Protecting existing investments in on-premises infrastructure. Many firms have already made significant investments in building or leasing data centers, but also struggle to make the business case for upfront investments in building enterprisewide DR infrastructure to keep up with data growth. Firms should consider using cloud DR as a short-term strategic approach.