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old_man_winterIs it coincidence or just ironic that winter is often personified by an old man blowing storms from the clouds? When you consider that the cloud is one of the safest places to backup your data in the event of a winter disaster, the presence of that old blowhard up there might raise an eyebrow. Is your business prepared for a visit from Old Man Winter?

If you haven’t reviewed your disaster recovery strategy in a while, now might be a good time. Maybe you’re still trucking tape backups to a bomb shelter. Whatever your approach has been in the past, it may be worth considering Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as a viable solution moving forward.

TechTarget defines DRaaS as: “...the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third-party to provide failover [to a backup system] in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe.”

A recent Forrester report cited IBM as one of the leaders in DRaaS solutions, partially due to their legacy as IT providers to governments, public safety organizations and large enterprises. IBM’s core DRaaS offerings include IBM SmartCloud Virtual Server Recovery (VSR) and IBM SmartCloud Managed Backup (SCMB). The total solution supports both virtualized and nonvirtualized server environments and features:

  • Cloud-based server failover for faster recovery, reduced data loss and increased reliability
  • Cloud-based, managed backup and restore services
  • Hosting data at client’s or IBM’s data centers
  • Flexible service options like free failed backup, encryption options, & dedicated tape media
  • Flexible recovery point and recovery time options
  • Off-site vaulting for long-term archiving
  • Subscription-based pricing models for predictable costs

Though IBM is noted for large enterprise expertise, their huge network of Business Partners bring similar solutions to SMBs who may lack the necessary expertise to provision, configure and test an effective disaster recovery plan. Using DRaaS also means the organization doesn't have to invest in -- and maintain -- their own off-site DR environment.

Forrester goes on to predict that DRaaS services will continue to evolve and become more automated, scalable, and interoperable between public, private, and hybrid clouds. As RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and RPO (Recovery Point Objective) points continue to shrink, data replication technologies for disaster recovery and business resilience solutions will become more prevalent. With Watson’s cognitive and analytics capabilities providing an intelligent layer of information, organizations can aggregate internal and external information to predict failures and outages before they occur.

Before Old Man Winter starts knocking the power out with blizzards, floods, ice storms, tempests and other nasty winter hijinks, be sure to bring your disaster recovery plan up to date with the help of IBM Business Partners. Click here to find one in your locale.

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Written by IBM BP Network