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Can the cloud help your business be more resilient?

disaster tolerant.jpgToday, more than ever, businesses need to be resilient, and they need to be able to recover from a potential disaster quickly and cost-effectively.  I recently spoke with George Ferguson, Product Marketing Manager, Security, Compliance & Continuity Services, about the importance of the cloud to business continuity.  He will be speaking about this topic at HP Discover, in a session entitled “Using cloud for cost-effective disaster recovery and business resiliency” (session 4255).


How did you become involved in HP Discover?


Enterprise Security and Cloud solutions were two of the top solution areas to be focused on at Discover, as they are both key solutions for an Instant-On Enterprise.  I operate in the intersection between those two solutions.  My services are part of security and part of cloud.


What is your topic at HP Discover?


My topic is disaster recovery and the cloud. Disaster recovery has traditionally been handled through hot sites (a data center used for recovery services) where you would take advantage of servers that might be assigned to whoever had a disaster first, using tape-based recovery.  With this traditional model, you’ll have some downtime (sometimes there is significant downtime, as much as 1-3 days).  Most IT business processes today cannot sustain that amount of downtime.  So companies have been looking at how they can economically maintain continuity – keep their processes running or have minimal downtime.  The cloud offers nice benefits in terms of being able to achieve this – flexibility, agility and lower cost.  We have service offerings based on cloud architecture to help companies back up  or replicate their data and failover a full IT environment.  Cloud based backup and cloud-based failover give higher service levels and significantly reduced cost.


Why is this topic important to customers?


There are three key reasons why this topic is important to customers:


  1. Traditional tape-based backup solutions no longer suffice.  Tapes are lost or stolen.  Sometimes they don’t work.  Customers need a better solution for disaster recovery and resilience.
  2. Cost and flexibility are key customer requirements for disaster recovery.  Using cloud for disaster-recovery and resilience addresses both of these requirements.
  3. These cloud-based solutions allow for the elimination (or near elimination) of capital expenditures (CapEx).  Many companies have stringent controls on CapEx.  With this solution they can virtually eliminate CapEx because they don’t own the infrastructure or recovery facilities and instead pay a usage based rate.


Any closing comments?


Our customers’ IT based business processes are about revenue and profits for their company, as well as their reputation.  They want an instant-on enterprise where they can maintain their business processes at all times and provide services at all times.  Being able to maintain continuity of operations is critical to them, and it translates into real value for our clients.


For more information on how to improve your recovery time, attend session 4255 at HP Discover or read the Disaster Tolerant Services solution overview.

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