7 Use Cases You Didn’t Think Of For Cloud Disaster Recovery

Sure, cloud disaster recovery's main purpose is to recover data; but, read these 7 other use cases to learn how to get the most out of your investment!

So you’ve got cloud disaster recovery in place. Your business is protected, and that is your number one priority for business continuity and resiliency. But – let’s face it – that was a big investment you just made. Is it really only good in a crisis? Or can you leverage your investment in cloud disaster recovery to benefit your daily operations as well? Think about it. At its core, cloud disaster recovery means that you have a pristine copy of your current production environment sitting there, ready and waiting. With that in mind, here are 7 use cases for your cloud disaster recovery capabilities that you can leverage to get a fantastic ROI for your business! 1. “I want to test some pat … Read more

How Savanna Energy Chose SunGard Availability Services As Its DRaaS Provider

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Savanna Energy Services Corp. is one of Canada’s fastest-growing energy services companies. With roughly 25 offices worldwide, including Australia and Indonesia, the Alberta, Calgary-based company provides drilling, well-servicing and oilfield services to a diverse oil and gas customer base – and it continues to expand rapidly worldwide. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, Savanna housed all of its production and server infrastructure applications in one location. This facility employed tape for its offsite backups, and every Wednesday, a Savanna IT employee would walk to the local bank to store the tapes for their protection. Tape backup is a reliable form of data backup … Read more

Top Analyst Firms Rank And Stack Disaster Recovery Service Providers

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“Disaster” is a word business folk do not want to hear – whether they are in leadership, IT, operations, compliance, or any other department. The high cost of downtime can be measured at least a dozen different ways, including revenue loss, reputational damage, legal penalties, and decrease in stock value. The final impact analysis of a disruption is always staggering. Yet even so, countless businesses do not have appropriate disaster recovery (DR) plans in place in their organizations. Two leading analyst firms, Forrester Research, Inc. and Gartner, recently provided their perspectives on the state of the DR landscape today. For both small companies and global enterprises, we believe that … Read more

The Hidden Cost of In-House Backup

By JP Blaho Today, businesses must deal with expanding data volumes, the added complexity of highly virtualized IT environments, and a growing number of regulations and laws regarding data preservation and retention. These factors make data backup more complex, time-consuming and critical than ever before. As a result, the staff time required and cost to perform backups are both increasing. With the lingering tough economic conditions, tight IT budgets and IT staffs being asked to do with fewer resources, it is time to take a closer look at backup operations and evaluate available options. What many businesses will find is that a managed service approach, which was perhaps dismissed in … Read more

Why Virtual Machine Recovery is no Piece of Cake, Part 2

By Madhu Reddy, Director of Product Management, Recovery Services If your company is like many of SunGard’s customers, your workforce needs 24x7 access to mission- and business-critical applications, many of which now run as virtual machines (VMs). Therefore, in order to keep business operations going, it is essential that you rapidly recover these VMs in the event of an outage. In part 1 of this blog, I talked about the strategies for protecting VMs at an offsite location. To summarize, I noted that maintaining a replicated infrastructure at a secondary site is too cost prohibitive for most companies, while manual recovery using an on-demand hot-site is economically more appealing, but c … Read more

Fireproof Your #DisasterRecovery Plans, Because Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

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By: Nora Hahn, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager, SunGard Availability Services Last year, Texas was undergoing its worst drought on record.  Scorching temperatures and seven months without rain was wreaking havoc on the state.  But Labor Day weekend was in sight, and my family couldn’t wait to take a little holiday in the Texas hill country just outside of Houston in the small artsy town known as Round Top. We’d rented a cottage big enough for the grandparents, kids and grandkids, complete with a pool, a couple of horses and one giant Longhorn steer.  Along the way my sister stopped off in Bastrop, Texas – a nearby German community – at an authentic European chocolate shop.  She purch … Read more

October INSIDER: #Cloud trends, disaster planning and fall events on the horizon

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Check out latest edition of the monthly SunGard Availability Services INSIDER newsletter, a place for IT professionals to explore the latest news, trends and tips. This month’s issue features articles and videos designed to keep you up to date on cloud computing, disaster planning, customer events and more. Our video series on Recovery Services continues with a deeper look at the strategies behind Managed Recovery Planning, SunGard’s approach to taking the pain out of application recovery for complex IT environments.  Another series, our five-part serial on Cloud Computing trends, explores distributed block storage – one of the biggest changes on the cloud computing horizon. For customers w … Read more

My 9/11 Story: People Are at the Center of Life. And Business. And Therefore, #BusinessContinuity Planning.

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By: Maryling Yu, Director of Product Marketing, SunGard Availability Services It is 6:05am on September 11, 2001. I am sitting on an airplane at the San Jose airport, waiting to fly to San Diego to give a speech. Our departure time is 6:25am, so I am quickly reviewing speaker’s notes on my laptop when the pilot comes on the intercom and announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, you may or may not have heard that a jet liner crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center this morning. And now, another one has crashed into the South Tower. We are now sure this was an act of terrorism, and will not be pushing back from the gate just yet. Sit tight, I’ll be back with an update again soon.” I … Read more