Google Cloud can greatly reduce the costs that are associated with both RTO and RPO when compared to fulfilling RTO and RPO requirements on premises. For example, traditional DR planning requires you to account for a number of requirements, including the following:
- Capacity: securing enough resources to scale as needed.
- Security: providing physical security to protect assets.
- Network infrastructure: including software components such as firewalls and load balancers.
- Support: making available skilled technicians to perform maintenance and to address issues.
- Bandwidth: planning suitable bandwidth for peak load.
- Facilities: ensuring physical infrastructure, including equipment and power.
By providing a highly managed solution on a world-class production platform, Google Cloud helps you bypass most or all of these complicating factors, removing many business costs in the process. In addition, Google Cloud’s focus on administrative simplicity means that the costs of managing a complex application are reduced as well.Google Cloud offers several features that are relevant to DR planning, including the following:
- A global network. Google has one of the largest and most advanced computer networks in the world. The Google backbone network uses advanced software-defined networking and edge-caching services to deliver fast, consistent, and scalable performance.
- Redundancy. Multiple points of presence (PoPs) across the globe mean strong redundancy. Your data is mirrored automatically across storage devices in multiple locations.
- Scalability. Google Cloud is designed to scale like other Google products (for example, search and Gmail), even when you experience a huge traffic spike. Managed services such as App Engine, Compute Engine autoscalers, and Datastore give you automatic scaling that enables your application to grow and shrink as needed.
- Security. The Google security model is built on over 15 years of experience with helping to keep customers safe on Google applications like Gmail and Google Workspace. In addition, the site reliability engineering teams at Google help ensure high availability and prevent abuse of platform resources.
Compliance. Google undergoes regular independent third-party audits to verify that Google Cloud is in alignment with security, privacy, and compliance regulations and best practices. Google Cloud complies with certifications such as ISO 27001, SOC 2/3, and PCI DSS 3.0.