Many companies are tired of being in the “data center business.” The capital investment is high and the technology refresh cycle has a predictably high recurrence of these expenses. In addition, there is a need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) site: an additional physical data center generally located in a different geography existing only as an insurance policy for those “just in case” disaster scenarios. While it’s clearly a worthwhile investment made to ensure business continuity, at times, this can nearly double data center costs and exists only for an event that everyone hopes never happens.
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To make management of extra data centers easier and the data refresh quicker, many companies have their backup center in close physical proximity, connected by fiber optic cabling for speed of data transfer. Of course, this also incorporates an implied DR plan where a tornado would be required to make a hard turn between the two data centers to avoid both primary and secondary catastrophes from occurring simultaneously.
There are several alternatives to these potential scenarios. But only a cloud solution charges you just for what you need. There is only one cloud optimized for Oracle workloads: Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure.
Technical best practices for cloud usage supports many DR strategies and approaches ranging from Cold backups to Warm and Hot sites.
Cold: Where applications and databases are backed up offline and inaccessible for update
Warm: Where applications and databases are replicated to a secondary site running in the background, and backed up at a point in time
Hot: Where both applications and data are live and accessible at one or multiple sites, and backups are dynamic
Each of these can be accommodated and each have pros and cons. As a strategy, placement of DR in the cloud can be a good step toward moving production there.
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This article was co-authored by Barb Cross, Cloud Migration Services Architect, Oracle Consulting