HA and DR in the Cloud – Two Sides of the Same Coin

I’m often asked about good ways for organizations to take a first step to the cloud. One such step that has been apparent for years is that of disaster recovery – no one wants to expend capital on hardware that sits unused the vast majority of the time – especially when there are good cloud services that can be spun up programmatically at a moments notice. DR in the cloud therefore makes perfect sense. But I was interested recently to see a video produces after the recent RightScale Compute conference in which a bunch of industry insiders gave their perspective on both DR and High Availability (HA) in the cloud.

The interesting thing about the video is that while there are the usual suspects in terms of vendors pitching their wares, there are also customers in there talking about how cloud HA/DR is helping them out – in particular Mimecast‘s cloud strategist and all-around nice guy Justin Pirie talks about how the company is using the cloud to give them multiple levels of redundancy for their service.

Some of the themes from the video include:

  • HA and DR in the cloud have matured significantly over the past few years
  • Experience in the cloud environment helps organizations architect enterprise-grade HA and DR
  • Depending on the use case, there are different best practices for how companies architect HA and DR

How have you seen HA/DR improving in the cloud? from RightScale on Vimeo.

It’s interesting seeing these applications for cloud computing mature – the video is short but worth checking out.