Ram Shanmugan, our Senior Director of Product Management for Recovery Services, was recently interviewed by Smart Business Philly magazine. Below are some of the important points he discussed. We’ll have more next week. – Carl M.
“Weathering a storm” is more than just an off-hand comment these day. The U.S. experienced eight disasters costing over $1B in the first 6-months of 2011. Few areas of the U.S were shared the business complications caused by tornado, blizzard, wildfires and floods.
Planning for erratic weather can be tricky. Of course, you want secure data, redundant infrastructure and business continuity processes, but balancing those needs against the needs for revenue-generating IT projects is difficult.
Fortunately, “recovery in the cloud” offers a cost-effective, reliable option. It lets you formulate the right availability service for your applications, from mission-critical to important but infrequently used applications.
Four elements drive the decision to move to a cloud-based recovery service:
- Cost savings. The ability to fulfill recovery needs and lower costs is the most significant driver,
- RPO/RTO. The Recovery point objectives (how long you can tolerate an application being down) and the recovery time objectives (how long it takes to recover the application) determine the level of resources your need to avoid serious impact to your business.
- Reliability. The true value of a recovery environment comes during a time of disaster, and managed cloud-based solutions offer higher reliability in recovery of mission-critical applications than do in-house solutions.
- Skilled Resources. In-house recovery solutions require an investment in specialized skills to support the recovery infrastructure. Cloud-based recovery eliminates that need.
Can your IT department recover from an outage without incurring emergency resources and costs?
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