Optimize Systems Management and Improve IT Resilience and Proactivity
As an infrastructure / systems manager, you are facing the following challenges:
Spending all this time and money implementing systems management, but not seeing any results.
Monitoring systems, but suffering from too-much-information syndrome.
Not knowing how to act on the data you have, nor how to transform it into a usable diagnosis.
Wanting to take advantage of new technologies like SaaS and the cloud, but not knowing how to incorporate them into your systems management practice.
Not knowing how to handle change management with your current systems management protocol.
A growing organization with free/cheap/open source tools that can’t handle the increased size and heterogeneity of the environment.
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.