The cloud as a secondary data center

Most enterprises are watching the cloud from a distance as megawatts of affordable and powerful IaaS clouds are coming online, while most of their production apps are still trapped in increasingly complex data centers. They are dabbling in the cloud when the cloud has the promise to transform disaster recovery into a more efficient “pay as you go” operating model.

Today vast populations of duplicate server racks are managed and powered in secondary data centers, solely for the purpose of being used during rare (primary) data center outages.  It is a massive waste of IT resources.

The cloud could easily become the secondary data center, offering “pay as you go” operating models that would be vastly superior to traditional disaster recovery offerings, including improvement in recovery time and recovery point objectives. It could also make it easier for enterprises to avoid the impacts of some predictable disasters, including storms.

One of the most significant barriers to cloud disaster recovery is the wide gulf of costs and risks involved with deploying existing production apps into the hybrid cloud.

As cloud migration tools evolve that make clouds a secure and seamless extension of the enterprise data center and enable existing production apps to run as is in these cloud environments, production use cases in the cloud will eventually go mainstream. Hybrid cloud migration will then no longer be a high-cost and high-risk option, especially for physical and multi-tier production apps. That is where CloudVelocity comes in.