While natural disasters can appear far away on Apple News or Twitter, the real-world impact of these environmental phenomenons has led enterprises with mission-critical websites or apps to proactively look for new infrastructure solutions, like the cloud, to stay online.
The massive investment in technology safeguards by, most notably, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made the public cloud to be the most disaster-proof technology in an enterprise’s IT stack with the inevitable goal to ensure that if one data center has any issue, it’s not the single-point-of-failure for any one particular customer. The layers of protection begin with the actual physical security of AWS’ datacenters, each one safeguarded by a crash-rated fence and thick walls to protect all the atmospheric regulators (air conditioning, for instance) of the datacenter itself. Access inside the data center is also restricted to those with legitimate business requirements, highly monitored by security, and requires two-factor authentication to gain access through each airtight door. Yet if a data center does get compromised, AWS’ global infrastructure can double as a failsafe, as proper planning can ensure essential digital assets can be placed in different geographic regions that are unaffected by the event. So when the unthinkable happens, even a second of downtime may be merely a remote possibility.