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Will the recovery site be far enough away from the production facility that both won't be affected by the same regional disaster? How frequently will the service provider conduct tests of the disaster recovery capabilities, and what will be the agency's role and responsibilities during testing? Where will my data be physically stored when it is in the cloud, and will that con ict with any of my agency's internal policies or federal regulations? Are the wide- area network connections to the cloud suf cient to ensure adequate performance when sending data between the main and backup facilities? What are the service provider's nancial condition, track record and length of time in the cloud-based disaster recovery market? What are the base fees for data replication in a non-disaster situation, what additional fees will arise during a recovery, and will those charges be a one- time or a daily fee for the length of the recovery? Is the service provider certi ed under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program? What penalties will result if the service provider fails to meet the recovery time and recovery point objectives spelled out in the service- level agreement? 28 October 30, 2012 FCW.COM Disaster recovery: Should you trust it to the cloud? BY ALAN JOCH Implementing a disaster recovery plan can be like eating vegetables, getting enough ber and sleeping at least eight hours a night. Most peo- ple understand why these things are important, but few do them religiously. The problem is that traditional disaster recovery methods call for re- creating the full IT environment at a separate off-site facility to keep agen- cies safe from unplanned IT outages. The investment in redundant resourc- ExecTe c h es pays off if a server gets fried, some stealthy malware takes down a stor- age system, or a hurricane forces a data center evacuation. But on most days, when disasters don t strike, all that duplicate hard- ware and software are running in standby mode and not contributing meaningfully to the agency s daily operations. That is a tough expense to justify, particularly in times of tight IT budgets. And so a growing number of IT managers are considering a way to change the equation: cloud-based disaster recovery, also known as DR as a service (DRaaS). With this option, agencies subscribe to a third-party cloud service to avoid the upfront costs of buying, installing and manag- ing the necessary hardware and soft- ware. Instead, they pay a monthly fee for storing duplicate copies of data and applications at an off-site location. Next steps: Questions to ask cloud providers A lot rides on cloud-based disaster recovery. Here are the questions agencies must ask before signing a contract.234 678 1 5
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