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Leveraging Cloud Computing for Business Continuity

Written by  DAVID LINTHICUM July 7, 2010

Despite the hype that leads us to look at cloud computing as the new platform for critical applications, most enterprises are not buying public cloud computing systems as their primary platform for business-critical applications. For now, perhaps they are right to wait. That is, until business continuity or disaster recovery (DR) becomes the next killer app for cloud computing. The idea is simple. A business continuity app will leverage cloud computing platforms in any combination of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS as systems that can support the business during times of outages or outright disasters. This means you continue to leverage on-premise systems for day-to-day processing, but your continuity of business strategy will leverage cloud resources, or in simpler terms, your cloud resources are your “hot stand-by.” Backup systems exist today and have been around for a long time. When I built banking systems, there was always a data center somewhere that had an


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