Reduce IT Admin Risks and Costs with Privileged Access Management
PAM is an investment in terms of implementation. Excuses such as “it seems like too much work and a waste of money to put in place” tend to outweigh the many benefits of having that technology.
Privileged users may not appreciate the increased visibility into their actions, and take it as a slight that increased monitoring will be put in place.
Technology is not enough. If these accounts are being managed by individuals and not a formal system, they’re not more secure than those of regular internal users. PAM is only one part of the strategy; people and process are necessary too.
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.