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Ready or Not? - Part 2

By: Joachim Mayer -Global Product Marketing Manager / Continuity ServicesReady or not.jpg

 

Cloud service providers may have very resilient data centres, but they cannot make themselves completely immune from catastrophic events, disasters, acts of terrorism or sabotage. While many emerging technologies help secure high levels of availability, there is potentially a danger that some may conclude that the need to plan for disaster scenarios has all but gone away. Unless critical IT is proven to be ‘bullet proof’ under all scenarios and compliance proven by conducting regular rehearsals, the assumption would be unwise and potentially business threatening.  As would the emerging tendency for enterprises to assume that current disaster recovery obligations and service continuity needs will be in-scope of the cloud consumption service on offer.

Enterprises considering cloud consumption models need to be careful not to inadvertently weaken years of good business continuity and disaster recovery practice. As the drive towards cloud consumption for critical business applications accelerates at pace, CIO’s and Business Continuity Managers need to check whether dual remote site recovery or fail-over from full disaster scenarios is catered for within the contractual arrangements on offer and that they are not merely signing up to an availability commitment based on non-disaster scenarios without realizing it.  They also need to establish if disaster scenario rehearsals or drills (arranged for on a short notice of a couple days, not weeks or months) are included in the quoted price, offered at additional cost or maybe not available at all before down selection. 

 

Cloud service providers aren’t completely immune to disruptions. Put your short list of vendors to the test with the below cloud consumption supplier checklist.

 

Does your vendor of choice provide ...

  • fully managed remote site fail-over after a catastrophic event?
  • service level agreement with recovery point and recovery time commitments?
  • IT service continuity management procedures for your cloud environment?
  • fully managed fail-back to normal operations postcrisis?
  • non-obtrusive test capability and flexible test schedules based on complete site destruction?

The good news for many however, is that new cloud-based disaster recovery services such as HP Helion Continuity provides much improved data protection and recovery performance for both the cloud consuming enterprise and non-cloud IT department who may still be reliant on restoring data onto their own stand-by platform or supplied by their traditional disaster recovery company.

 

Talk to the experts at HP to know more about HP Helion continuity and discuss more about Continuity Services; traditional Continuity Services, Recovery-as-a-Service, hybrid continuity services solutions and more.

To know more about how HP’s cloud based disaster recovery services protect your brand, watch this Video.

 

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