Mitigate Machine Bias
AI is the new electricity. It is fundamentally and radically changing the fabric of our world, from the way we conduct business, to how we work and live, make decisions, and engage with each other, to how we organize our society, and ultimately, to who we are. Organizations are starting to adopt AI to increase efficiency, better engage customers, and make faster, more accurate decisions.
Like with any new technology, there is a flip side, a dark side, to AI – machine biases. If unchecked, machine biases replicate, amplify, and systematize societal biases. Biased AI systems may treat some of your customers (or employees) differently, based on their race, gender, identity, age, etc. This is discrimination, and it is against the law. It is also bad for business, including missed opportunities, lost consumer confidence, reputational risk, regulatory sanctions, and lawsuits.
Keep your systems dormant until disaster strikes. Prepare as much of your environment as possible without tapping into compute resources. Enjoy the low at-rest costs, and leverage the reliability of the cloud in your failover.
Avoid failure on the failback! Bringing up your systems in the cloud is a great temporary solution, but an expensive long-term strategy. Make sure you have a plan to get back on premises.
Leverage cloud DR as a start for cloud migration. Cloud DR provides a gateway for broader infrastructure lift and shift to cloud IaaS, but this should only be the first phase of a longer-term roadmap that ends in multi-service hybrid cloud.
Impact and Result
Calculate the cost of your DR solution with a cloud vendor. Test your systems often to build out more accurate budgets and to define failover and failback action plans to increase confidence in your capabilities.
Define “good enough” performance by consulting with the business and setting correct expectations for the recovery state.
Dig deeper into the various flavors of cloud-based DR beyond backup and restore, including pilot light, warm standby, and multi-site recovery. Each of these has unique benefits and challenges when done in the cloud.