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The data protection goals for any organization that depends on IT availability and resilience should be zero downtime and zero data loss. The question is, does your organization have the resources, infrastructure, people and experience to achieve this goal? More importantly, are you pursuing a strategy designed to eliminate risk? 

The Growing Need for Flexible DR 

As research revealed, by IDC, the strategic issues at play are critical. When it came to key disaster recovery (DR) challenges, 41% of IT professionals indicated data transfer and migration as their biggest issue, followed by cost/budget (40%) and recovery orchestration (35%). Unfortunately, these stats only tell part of the story. Issues such as training and workload migration to testing and executive buy-in add to the complexity of modern disaster recovery. 
Due to its ability to help businesses maintain availability for critical applications, the need for a flexible disaster recovery plan continues to increase. Garmin, for example, experienced a ransomware attack which caused a disruption in the synchronization of user activity and data to the cloud. The attack also affected Garmin’s aviation navigation and route-planning services. This incident highlights the importance of continuous data back ups, which can potentially save your organization from paying the ransom in the face of an attack. 
More often than not, traditional solutions fall short of IT infrastructure demands due to the transition to cloud services and the rapid pursuit of digital transformation. For many years, businesses were in no rush to go digital. Today, it’s imperative for survival. An approach like multi-cloud replication, which serves as a flexible, scalable and adaptable solution, is what organizations need to succeed. 

Multi-Cloud Replication

Multi-cloud replication – where data that resides in multiple clouds is constantly protected and available – is ideal for organizations who want added security or benefits across their cloud infrastructure. This approach offers versatility and can be utilized with an on-premise data center infrastructure as an open, usage-based DR solution. Whether your goal is to achieve a mission-critical RPO of zero or expand your cloud migration strategy, multi-cloud replication can take you there. 

A multi-cloud replication solution can help organizations with the initial migration of on-premise infrastructure to the cloud. It enables users to replicate both existing and new environments, instilling confidence throughout the entire migration process. With a complete copy of production workloads, users can migrate and replicate data into an additional datacenter to ensure protection before, during and after migration. 

Once your migration has finished, multi-cloud replication can be used to duplicate back to the original source as well as a geo-diverse cloud target to ensure maximum protection. Organizations can utilize the extra protections and use cases from multi-cloud replication or decide to revert back to a single target environment. For those looking to move completely to the cloud, multi-cloud replication is an important piece to a successful migration. 
Organizations can also place secondary copies of their production environments in various virtual data centers for extra protection. This feature allows you to protect your individual machine restores locally and full site protection remotely. 

Follow the 3-2-1 Rule 

Multi-cloud replication enables users to follow best practices with a 3-2-1 backup and disaster recovery plan through the creation of local copies for faster restores, and off-site copies for added protection. Since multi-cloud replication allows you to migrate workloads to the cloud, it’s essential for organizations going through a digital transformation. 


Amanda Regnerus

Amanda Regnerus is the executive vice president of product and services for US Signal.

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