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Designing for Failure

Written by  KAVITHA MARIAPPAN January 14, 2014

The high-profile cloud outages we saw last year changed many organizations’ views on disaster recovery and business continuity. Many of you experienced first-hand that to ensure business continuity, certain key processes need to be in place, such as disaster recovery identification and mitigation mechanisms. These high profile outages also demonstrated how quickly mission critical applications and services can be impacted, especially when customers deploy their services in the cloud without the appropriate contingencies built in. This is no different to deploying apps and services on premise, and the same considerations need to be taken to ensure disaster recovery and availability plans are in place. So what should you do? First, recognize that cloud outages will happen, whether from a system failure, natural disaster, or human error. Second, take proactive steps to prepare for these outages and remember the following: Don’t assume your data is backed up. Make sure your provider has a

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