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Top Motivators for Businesses Switching to Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

By: Penny Collen, Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker

If you work in IT, you know that the phrase “Keep the Business Running” has never been moresky-buildings-windows-blue-sky-large challenging. Ready access to up-to-date information is critical throughout all parts of your business. Web-based apps create an environment for direct interaction with customers globally. You simply cannot afford service degradation or outages, meaning business continuity and disaster recovery hold an elevated priority for managing IT resources.

In the past, we were concerned with recovering application and data within the confines of the physical data center. Disaster recovery focused on how to rebuild the existing infrastructure of the hardware, software, and applications at a location apart from a compromised operations site. In other words, we needed to have a box to replicate the box.

Technology today is characterized by mobile apps, containers, BYO Data, and BYO Devices in addition to the hardware in centralized, on-premise data centers centers. More often, machines are now defined virtually. A disaster plan to replace the “box” simply does not meet the business needs of today. Cloud-based disaster recovery technology, specifically public cloud options, present viable solutions to meeting the DR needs of today. Architecting your DR plans around cloud technology deliver cost effectiveness, ease of use, and compatibility with existing environments.

Cost Effectiveness

Using cloud-based disaster recovery allows the San Francisco Ballet to eliminate additional costs and overhead of a co-location. In addition, they were able to replace existing managed services with a more affordable, self-service cloud-based disaster recovery service. Best of all, it’s recovery time was significantly reduced. Less down time translates to cost savings. Murray Bognovitz, Director of Information Technologies remarked, “We needed a strategic disaster recovery plan consistent with our on- premises infrastructure, and VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery provides that seamless connection and dependable recovery, increasing our business resiliency with minimal investment.”

Ease of Use

Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina believes effective education services includes providing students and faculty any-time, any device access to information. Outages, which can impede work and study efforts, simply are not acceptable. With a widespread user community, it was critical to make access as straightforward and seamless as possible while still containing operational costs.  Using vCloud Air Disaster Revovery, the University can provide mission-critical student data with confidence, while continuing to manage recovery and on-premises environments with the same as the management tools. According to Brian Baute, CIO, “vCloud Air Disaster Recovery allows us to provide anytime-anywhere service for faculty, staff, and students that they can trust and they know that it will be available no matter where they are or no matter what’s happening with our on-campus environment.”

Compatibility with existing environments

The Hut Group, the United Kingdom’s leading multi-website online retailer has a strong reason to invest in the best possible DR process. If its sites go down, The Hut Group could lose up to £500,000 a day. They selected vCloud Air Disaster Recovery because it was easy to deploy and manage, and could scale as they continued to grow.

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery was the only solution that was fully compatible with their on-premises environment, and could keep the organization’s data in the UK. The fact that  vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is based on the same vSphere technology running in its existing data center—making backups and deployments simple—was critical to remaining agile and efficient.

To quote Schalk Van der Merwe, IT Director, “vCloud Air Disaster Recovery enables us to grow faster than we are growing currently, and really enables us to be more efficient and flexible in what we are doing. I didn’t have to restructure anything on my teams, I didn’t have to move resources from one area to another, which means other projects were able to complete on time.”

To learn more about how these and other companies are embracing cloud-based Disaster Recovery and the benefits they have realized, see our new eBook, Case Study Insights: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery.

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