A Measuring Stick For The Cloud

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Remember when you were little and your parents would record your height by making a pencil mark on your doorframe every time you grew an inch or two? We thought it was time to do the same for the cloud computing industry, since growth is happening fast! To get the numbers we needed, Sungard Availability Services and EMC recently commissioned an important survey of businesses on their use of cloud technology and cloud recovery services. The study, conducted by IDG Research Services, queried 132 IT professionals in companies of all sizes – from less than 1,000 to more than 10,000 employees – throughout the U.S. Here’s how the measurements worked out … Cloud Services: Undergoing a Growth … Read more

Why Cloud Recovery Services Might Make Smart Business Sense [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Remember when you were little and your parents marked your growth with a pencil on your door frame? We thought it was time to do the same for cloud recovery services now that the market is maturing. Find out what Sungard Availability Services and EMC learned in a new industry survey. … Read more

7 Dirty Little Secrets Of Cloud Backup And Recovery

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Cloud backup and recovery is, without question, one of the “latest and greatest” and “biggest and best” items in the IT arena. It’s hot – and getting hotter as emergent backup as a service (BaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) vendors pop up like mushrooms after a heavy rain. However, before you throw all your data into the cloud, I want to tell you something. There are a whole pile of dirty little secrets surrounding cloud backup and recovery. Secrets that many BaaS and RaaS providers aren’t going to admit to, even when asked. Certainly, they’re never going to tell you upfront. But what you don’t know CAN hurt you. So, in the free executive brief 7 Dirty Little Secrets of Clou … Read more

4 Real-World Cloud Computing Examples In Business Today

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What do you do if you are… • Running between 1 and 2 million auctions per day on thousands of servers and spending millions of dollars on technology and hardware refreshes? • Expanding rapidly in the travel industry but don’t have the budget for a capital expenditure outlay for new hardware? In fact, you need to cut IT expenses? • Selling a home heart monitor that transmits highly sensitive personal medical data in real time for immediate evaluation – requiring absolute stability and security? • Serving as a country’s largest producer and distributor of cement and construction materials, but are at constant risk of a natural disaster? In today’s fast paced business environment, you tu … Read more

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

3 Common Misconceptions About Cloud Recovery

What seem like trivial misconceptions may end up being monumental errors in disaster recovery!

“Misconception” sounds so innocent. So minor. A little “oops” that can be brushed aside with no consequences. But the fact is, when it comes to disaster recovery, misconceptions are business killers. The cloud is playing a new role in disaster recovery – and, like anything new, it is rife with misconceptions. Here are three to watch out for, lest you pay the penalty on the backend. Cloud Recovery Misconception #1: Moving a workload to the cloud is a simple – and quick – task. This is a technical misconception. There is a belief that moving a workload to the cloud is a simple task, and one that should not take more than a few hours. This is true for a very limited application environment … Read more

Announcing Cloud-Based Recovery for AIX and IBM i-Platforms

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You want to talk about friction? Try rubbing together so-called legacy platforms and applications with the new virtual cloud environment in a cloud-based disaster recovery scenario…you’re sure to see sparks fly! The problem with hybrid IT environments is that the different components have always had wildly different recovery times. Legacy platforms and apps can take 72 hours or more to recover, while virtual environments can be back up and running in a matter of hours – sometimes, even minutes. But because the legacy and the virtual applications are often interdependent, the net result is an unacceptable overall time to true business recovery. In my Product Management role, I have alw … 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