Category: Server Management

When it comes to developing a disaster recovery (DR) plan for your business, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. However, despite the many variables that go into forming a specific DR plan, almost any business will benefit from the geographic diversity offered through AWS cross-region disaster recovery.

In the following article, we’ll explain why AWS cross-region disaster recovery should be part of most DR plans, and highlight a few non-DR benefits related to cross-regional storage. We’ll also explain how CloudRanger can help save time and money by simplifying your company’s cross-regional backup and disaster recovery process.

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Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides its users with a flexible, highly customizable computing solution without the need to invest in costly on-site servers. And the product’s ability to quickly scale computing capacity up or down means that, if properly utilized, users only pay for what they actually need.  Not only can Amazon EC2 users easily start and stop instances on demand through the AWS console, but you can also use EC2 server scheduling to set the stop and start times of specific instances in advance, to reduce AWS costs. By some estimates, utilizing EC2 scheduling functionality to stop non-essential instances outside of office hours can reduce AWS costs by as much as 70 percent! Imagine how impressed your boss will be!

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In theory, everyone seems to agree on the need for a comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) plan. But for IT professionals tasked with ensuring AWS business continuity, theory and reality are two very different things. After all, finding vocal managerial support for a DR plan is one thing. Finding the actual funds to implement it is another.

When pitching a DR plan, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to project ROI. It’s hard to accurately gauge the value of something that will hopefully never be used. As with fire extinguishers or airbags, DR plans are usually taken for granted until something goes horribly wrong. For that reason, it might be better to frame a DR plan in terms of an insurance policy that will mitigate possible losses rather than an investment that will produce tangible gains or cost savings. And as with other types of insurance, it might also make sense to bring in a third-party vendor to handle your disaster recovery needs. READ MORE

In theory, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) has the potential to save your business a significant amount of time and money. But in practice, the complicated AWS interface prevents many would-be users from taking full advantage of the cloud-computing platform. However, thanks to the newest version of the award-winning CloudRanger system and its easy-to-use dashboard, streamlining your business’ AWS backups, disaster recovery and server control has never been easier.

In the following article, we’ll highlight some of the key features found in the newly updated CloudRanger, and explain how they can save your business both time and money on your AWS bill. We’ll also fill you in on how your business can take advantage of a free 14-day trial and experience first-hand how CloudRanger can automate and simplify your routine AWS tasks.

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