Cloud Desktops and Disaster Recovery – What You Need to Know

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Log into any news site, and you’re likely to see a headline about the latest disaster. Whether it’s a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, or a man made one, such as a computer virus, businesses of all sizes can be affected. Mike McCracken, Director of HOSTING Advanced Solutions and Steve Prather, CEO of Dizzion, recently teamed up for a webinar on how a cloud desktop solution should be an integral part of any organization’s disaster recovery plan. Missed it? You can view the on demand webinar here. In the meantime, we’ve listed some highlights of their presentation below.

Address a variety of “what ifs” in your disaster recovery plan

Many organizations mistakenly define a “disaster” as any incident involving a natural event. For example, in San Francisco, companies are highly attuned to the probability of another major earthquake. In Texas and Oklahoma, businesses are typically on “tornado watch.” However, a disaster recovery plan should take into account a variety of “what ifs” such as those shared by Mike and Steve.

  • A HOSTING client with offices located in a flood zone built their data center underground as a safety precaution. Later, a water main on the street broke, flooding their offices as well as their data center.
  • A Dizzion client discovered that the insulation used in their office space didn’t conform to standards prescribed by OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration). As a result, they were forced to evacuate their offices for 30 days for asbestos removal – leaving behind all of their laptops, desktops, servers and networking equipment.

In addition to listing all the “what ifs”  that can impact your organization,when creating your disaster recovery plan, ask yourself, “What will I do if my workforce can’t get into the office?” 

Consider the risks to your IT assets

Even companies that arm themselves with a slew of security measures (i.e., video surveillance, log  management, dual authentication, etc.) are still at risk of having the data and applications lost, stolen or compromised. Some of the most common reasons include the following:

  • Hardware failure – one clumsy spill from your morning chai latte onto your laptop and you can say goodbye to all your hard-earned data
  • Hardware lost or theft – as Steve recounts, one of his customers deploys consultants to many third world countries where laptops, tablets and smart phones are at a premium. Theft of these devices occurs on a regular basis, requiring his client to replace up to 50 of them per year.
  • Operating system and/or application corruption – last year’s Heartbleed Bug allowed the theft of information that was normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption, including applications for email, instant messaging and some virtual private networks (VPN).
  • Access controls – compliance regulations such as those prescribed by HIPAA require that protected health information (PHI) be secure at all times. However, he value of that data on the black market skyrocketing, leading to an unprecedented number of data breaches.
  • Physical endpoint devices tied to users – at the end of the day, many companies see their employees leave the office with their laptops – and all o of their sensitive information

Leverage cloud desktops and disaster recovery planning to protect your data assets

As Steve outlines in the webinar, integrating a cloud desktop solution mitigates the risk of data corruption or loss while enabling employees to work anywhere, and from any device. Based on virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology, cloud desktops eradicates the cost and risk of deploying individual computers to each staff member. Instead, end-user desktops are safely operated from an off-site data center and accessed via a low-cost client device or traditional PC or laptop. Key benefits of the cloud desktop solutions include:

  • Nullifying the dependency between an end-user and their specific operating system and application needs
  • Removing information asset risks with data stored on individual user devices
  • Keeping critical business data and assets in a secure, central location that is managed by the organization’s IT teams

Are you wondering if a Cloud Desktop or Cloud Desktop and Disaster Recovery Solution is right for your organization? Contact HOSTING for a FREE Cloud Desktop Readiness Assessment. During this fee one-hour assessment, HOSTING cloud solution consultants will work with you on the following:

  • Identify business drivers
  • Evaluate the ability of a Cloud Desktop/Cloud Desktop Disaster Recovery solution to meet those business drivers
  • Develop a high-level strategy, including a draft ROI for implementing the solution.

Questions? Contact Mike McCracken directly at mccracken@hosting.com.

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