Setting up your business environment in multiple regions would assist with disaster recovery and business continuity. Unfortunately, the task of becoming cloud-agnostic is often too complex and prohibitively expensive to achieve for many organizations.
Luckily, with the right tools, achieving multicloud and multi-region business continuity doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive task.
New Cloud Regions are Opening Everywhere
In 2020, Google introduced four more cloud regions – Jakarta (Indonesia), Las Vegas (United States), Salt Lake City (United States), and Seoul (South Korea) – and just recently expanded another cloud region in Melbourne, Australia. AWS is expected to open a regional data center in Israel in 2023, and the list goes on and on.
The availability of public cloud services in more locations appears to be one of the most important selling points for businesses. Companies can achieve operational flexibility by ensuring that their apps are cloud-agnostic, allowing them to take advantage of this ever-expanding world of public cloud computing.
What is a Cloud Region?
The cloud, far from being an abstract, ethereal storage space that exists only as a celestial concept, is a set of tangible devices that process data. Those devices are located in data centers scattered around the world. A “cloud region” refers to the actual, physical location where your public cloud assets are hosted.
When you select a cloud provider, you’re also choosing a “region,” which is where your data centers are physically located. Providers, on the other hand, all define regions in a similar manner, although they would differ in their offerings.
It’s important to remember that comparing regions across providers is not an apples-to-apples comparison. To fully grasp the distinctions, you must first understand how each provider classifies a region and how this might impact your access to resources.
Why are Cloud Regions Important?
Regions enable you to keep your cloud resources near to your consumers, whether they’re internal or external. The closer your clients are to the area in which you are hosting your cloud resources, the faster and more pleasant their experience will be. Even if your headquarters is in New York, choosing a European region for your cloud region makes sense if your customers are located in London, for example.
Many organizations use a geographic division to split their IT infrastructure into different regions, which is also referred to as data center separation. When it comes to disaster recovery (DR), regions are frequently utilized as a part of the strategy. While many public cloud consumers rely on the dependability and redundancy of inter-region resources for DR, some employ multiple locations to achieve a better result.
How New Cloud Regions Contribute to Business Continuity
A network outage might cost your organization millions of dollars; therefore, redundancy is crucial. Many businesses, meanwhile, operate in multiple data centers in the same region (a.k.a. Availability Zones). These data centers may only be separated by a few miles.
If a tsunami were to strike, both locations would be affected. When looking for a cloud region, you should have a solution to remain in operation when a whole geographic region is not accessible.
Setting up a second region, according to Matt Zwolenski, Director of Technology & Architecture at Google Cloud Australia, would aid customers with disaster recovery and business continuity.
“Up until this point, many organizations have built computer facilities within one city. They may build them across one side of Melbourne to the other or one side of Sydney to the other, and that was really built by policies that were set 20 to 30 years ago … today, we see the increase in global warming and the risk of fire, floods, and other threats to cities. We’ve now overwhelmingly heard this idea that we need to span regions, so Sydney to Melbourne, to run our most critical applications services. If something was to happen in Sydney, we could run IT services in Melbourne, or if something happens in Melbourne, we could run it in Sydney.”
The Value of Becoming Cloud Agnostic
Businesses should follow suit by making better business decisions and ensuring that their applications are cloud agnostic, allowing them to operate in this ever-expanding world of public cloud computing.
While it is simple to move applications around between locations and cloud providers, the same cannot be said about the application’s state. Moving the application state between multiple locations or transitioning it to a multicloud setup is a highly complex and prohibitively expensive task for many organizations.
You can migrate your application state to Statehub with ease regardless of the many clouds and regions that may exist across your business. While keeping your state in sync across numerous locations, Statehub allows you to become cloud- and region-agnostic, allowing you to use any number of clouds and regions of your choice while maintaining consistency between them.