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Offer IT Business Continuity with Backup & Disaster Recovery as a Service – Register for the 11/17 vmLIVE Session!

Business continuity – beset by the threat of everyday disaster – is essential in our world. Be it a power outage, a natural event or some unseen force, it is in your company’s best interest to make sure you are prepared.

On November 17th, at 8am PST, we invited you to join this vmLIVE session focusing on how you can offer business continuity with backup and disaster recovery as a service to your customers. By moving data and workloads between customer owned premises and VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider clouds for business continuity purposes, organizations avoid significant capital investments, benefits from the economies of scale and lower operating expenses with pay-go models.

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Containing the Tempests in Teapots

This is a guest post from Lilac Schoenbeck, VP of Product Management & Marketing at vCloud Service Provider, iland.

Disaster recovery invokes emotions – the sadness around Hurricane Katrina. The fear around Hurricane Sandy. Even just the extreme discomfort of the Northeast power outage in 2003 (which feels like yesterday – I carried water up 11 flights of stairs. ELEVEN).  But, as rational humans, we tell ourselves that disasters don’t happen every day and they won’t happen to us.

It’s a fine coping mechanism for life – but almost the opposite of the type of realistic thinking that is needed in IT. Why? Because the “disaster” in Disaster Recovery actually need not be any sort of epic weather event or geological disturbance. The disaster can be a denial-of-service attack. It can be an overheated server room. It can be a local network outage. It can be something as mundane as human error.

Human error? A twiddled bit. A mistyped IP address. A little DNS issue. A misconfiguration. A hacker. A tempest in a teapot – and you’re the only one impacted.

So, while some unfortunate tempests escape their teapots and become front page news (and our hearts go out to Target’s security breach – I bet their IT team is running ragged), so many can be handled quietly and efficiently and the businesses can keep running unabated.

But only if there is a plan. A disaster recovery plan. Well tested, well practiced,and ready to roll if something does come up.

Fortunately, the cloud is making disaster recovery planning and execution much more attainable for companies today. In fact, analysts and other industry experts report DR as a Service is on the rise, citing reasons like cost efficiency, faster recovery times, reduced manual intervention and geographical flexibility.

But there is no silver bullet for DR, because every organization and location is unique. Teams that rush to implement “Check the Box” DR without a true assessment of their situation usually end up with a system that is cheap and inadequate or expensive overkill. An experienced DR provider should be able to quickly give a pragmatic assessment and offer tailored options.

See who the DRaaS leaders are in “The Forrester Wave™: “Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014.”

Disasters may be large or small. But a wise person once said – it’s how you recover that matters.

Lilac Schoenbeck is VP product management & marketing at iland. has more than 15 years of experience with product marketing, strategy, business development, and software engineering in the grid, virtualization, and cloud domains. Prior to this role, she led cloud and automation marketing for BMC Software, and has worked for IBM, Fortisphere, Innosight, and the Globus Alliance. Schoenbeck holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Computer Science degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Logicalis Turns to VMware to Expand Public Cloud Disaster Recovery Features

Technology Solution Provider Relies on VMware’s Site Recovery Manager to Help CIOs Secure Corporate Data in the Cloud More Easily, Cost-Effectively

By: Kevin Gruneisen, Senior Director of Cloud and Data Center Solutions for Logicalis

CIOs reading or watching the news lately are bound to worry about how to protect their companies’ data in the event of a hurricane, earthquake or other disaster like those dominating recent headlines.  A growing trend is to shift disaster recovery (DR) solutions to the cloud.  But at Logicalis, we know that any DR solution must first fit the client’s individual needs.  That’s why we’ve come to rely on VMware in a brand-new feature we’ve recently added to our Enterprise Cloud (EC), an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering from the Logicalis cloud portfolio of service offerings.

Logicalis offers two public cloud data center facilities strategically located in Ohio and Arizona, allowing our clients to choose the location that works best for them. These two EC facilities support Logicalis’ coast-to-coast public cloud solutions which include infrastructure as a service (IaaS), protection services, and hosted Exchange.  While data and applications running in Logicalis’ Enterprise Cloud already have the advantage of highly skilled technical personnel, multiple levels of security, uninterruptible power systems, redundant HVAC systems, fire suppression and around-the-clock monitoring and management, we recently added a new feature to support our DR-in-the-cloud offerings.

We noticed a significant increase in the number of businesses using VMware to build virtual servers that reside on their own internal infrastructure.  But what happens to that data in the event of an emergency? It needs to be replicated to protect it, and as part of our overall protection services, we have expanded the DR as a service offering to utilize VMware’s Site Recovery Manager.  CIOs can now replicate their VMware virtualized servers to our Enterprise Cloud more easily and more cost effectively than ever before.

DRaaS with VMware SRM

IT pros currently taking advantage of Logicalis’ DRaaS offering through the Enterprise Cloud can already redirect their own in-house data – virtualized or not – to failover to either of our two EC facilities in Ohio or Arizona.  Through our new “DRaaS with VMware SRM” offering, we’ve added support for VMware’s Site Recovery Manager, giving CIOs a faster and less expensive way to protect the data on VMware-virtualized servers residing on their own in-house infrastructure.  This feature can be controlled on a per-server basis, is fully automated, has easy test/verification tools, and can handle up to 500 virtual machines.   Multiple RPO/RTO combinations are supported so customers can fine-tune their level of protection to their business needs.  And the restoration from cloud to client is automated once the data center is back online.

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Kevin Gruneisen is the senior director, Cloud and Data Center Solutions for Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider.