How the Next Practice Model Works
How the next practice model works
In the cloud "next practice" model, you use your in-house production systems to run your business and work with a cloud computing service provider for your business continuity and disaster protection. You don't have to buy any extra hardware or software to mirror your data center environment. You don't have to worry about backing up or transporting your data. Your data and software are replicated automatically at preset intervals to a virtual repository storage facility in the cloud. This requires very little compute resource, even if you replicate your data once an hour-or even every five minutes. In the cloud computing model, you pay only for the resources you use, so the replication and storage cost is minimal.
A key factor in choosing a cloud computing vendor partner is making sure the vendor has the ability to burst resources on demand. Your cloud provider needs to be flexible, scalable and agile enough to be able to give you immediate access to all of the compute capacity, memory and processors that you need, when you need them, for as long as you need them.
When a natural disaster is looming (for example, a hurricane or blizzard is heading your way or wildfires are raging in your area), you turn on your storage resources and applications to active processing mode on the virtual machines in the cloud. Then, simply redirect your employees and customers to the cloud during the disaster. The changeover will be completely transparent to them, with no interruption or disruption of your business. Once the danger has passed, you replicate the updated data from the cloud repository back to your in-house production systems and resume normal everyday operations. If your data center sustained damage, you can continue to operate virtually in the cloud until you have it up and operational again-with no loss of productivity or data.