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Cloud BCP – The Consumerization of Disaster Recovery solutions

As Well as a Broad Portfolio That Integrates Communication Technologies With Commonly Used Applications, Siemens Also Fosters an Open Environment for Application Development

A great example of Canadian Cloud innovation is that while our next main webinar, Cloud BCP is intended for a global audience the speaker line up so far is all Canadian.

It’s a focus on how the Cloud can be leveraged for enhanced business continuity protection, and our speakers include Josh Geist of Geminare and Geoff Hayward of Data Gardens, two home-grown Canadian ventures who are pioneering the Cloud technologies that will revolutionize the Disaster Recovery market, worldwide.

Also the Cloud Provider who is equally pioneering the deployment of these technologies into next generation managed services is Allstream, one of Canada’s leading telco providers.

Cloud BCP – Best practices

Cloud BCP is my favourite solution area that demonstrates what the real power of Cloud is all about. This is because it’s the most immediate.

Whereas some key Cloud trends will take a few years to mature, business continuity is a market need that Cloud solutions can address today, and in a way that couldn’t be achieved by prior legacy approaches.

Fundamentally it’s about the ‘consumerization’ of technology. What was big, monolithic and proprietary point solution before, is now widely available as a low-cost commodity infrastructure.

As this SearchCIO article highlights, this doesn’t obviate the need for a CIO just rather encourage them to capitalize on this trend, able to source new business solutions at a fraction of what it previously cost.

Disaster Recovery is the perfect example of this. Despite it being such a hugely, hugely important capability for an organization to have, many simply don’t because they are so expensive. This is because of the technology required for traditional DR – Twin sites with huge storage platforms replicating data between them, and so on, costing millions of dollars.

Only the big guys could afford this, so others make do with tape backups moved off-site, and as this press article from Symantec highlights, in one in four cases these don’t even work!

So the fact that Cloud BCP technologies are the most modern, superior technical approach combined with the fact they offer pricing affordable even to small businesses, is such a dramatic step change improvement in this sector it’s really quite mind-blowing, and a great demonstration of what the power of Cloud is all about.

So if you want to have your own mind blown, attend the webinar to learn more.


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