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Small companies should consider cloud-based disaster recovery programs

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by

In the past, every new technology implemented by a company needed to have a positive return on investment or reduce costs in some way for it to have a sound impact on an organization. While saving money is still important today, it is not necessarily the main reason companies are deploying innovative solutions.

As new cyber dangers and natural disasters pressure small organizations to be prepared with robust disaster recovery and business continuity plans, decision-makers are turning to cloud computing for scalable and automated environments, according to a study by InformationWeek Reports. Since the cloud comes in a variety of forms, enabling executives to leverage on- or off-site structures to host mission-critical information, small companies can use the services to promote long-term safety.

Small companies should consider cloud-based disaster recovery programs

The study revealed that the cloud is also raising awareness of the importance of businesses continuity and disaster recovery programs, as 67 percent of respondents said they currently have a plan in place, while another 23 percent have a strategy to launch an initiative within the next 12 to 24 months. Only 10 percent of respondents lack any plans.

The survey also found that 17 percent of decision-makers are using cloud-based services to enhance disaster recovery programs, while another 26 percent are considering doing so.

Why use the cloud for disaster recovery?
In addition to the scalable and financial benefits associated with incorporating cloud computing into a business continuity strategy, executives can also ensure their initiatives are on pace with evolving demands through frequent testing programs, InformationWeek Reports said. While legacy disaster recovery tools often enable companies to check operations every so often, the cloud provides decision-makers with the ability to ensure sensitive applications and data are recoverable at any time.

InformationWeek Reports said cloud-based business continuity programs enable small firms to have end-to-end backup orchestrated for their entire data center. This lets executives migrate massive volumes of records to the public or private cloud on demand.

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You Don’t Need a Superstorm: Disaster Recovery Basics

Monday, November 12th, 2012 by

In this blog post, I’m going to discuss disaster recovery. After superstorm Sandy on the East Coast, there were people without power weeks after the storm. Data centers were affected by the storm as well. And although GoGrid’s East Coast data center didn’t experience an outage, some providers did. So it is timely to consider geographically redundant solutions rather than wait for the next superstorm.

Geographic Redundancy

There are three basic strategies you can implement today on GoGrid to make your application better able to recover from a data center outage: cold standby, warm standby, and full geographic-redundancy with multiple active data centers. Let’s start off with a definition:

Redundancy: (noun) the ability of an application or system to resist the failure of one or more constituent parts, or recover quickly from such failure.

Systems administration and IT management boils down to that proverbial 3:00am phone call. Your application is down. How do you respond? Having the proper plan and appropriate recovery assets in place is the key to surviving this all-too-real scenario. How current are your backups? Do you have standby servers already in place? If not, how quickly can you bring new ones online?

It’s pretty standard to have offsite backups. If the offsite backups are in a secondary data center, they can be used to springboard reconstituting your application. GoGrid offers two products that make this process easy to implement: (more…) «You Don’t Need a Superstorm: Disaster Recovery Basics»

Webinar: Cloud Recovery – Disaster Recovery using the GoGrid Cloud

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by

Tomorrow, strategic partner Stratonomic and GoGrid will be hosting a webinar where you can learn how you can enable the lowest cost Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions in the cloud (specifically the GoGrid cloud). Disaster Recovery is often either ignored because of high-cost concerns or the complicated nature of it. Doing it yourself can be extremely time consuming, difficult and frequently, customers don’t even know where to begin.

I particularly like how Stratonomic phrases it on their site:

(COST) EFFECTIVE FAULT TOLERANCE: Can your disaster recovery (DR) site handle all of your traffic, securely and reliably? Do you even have a DR site? Setting up and maintaining DR site in the cloud is not only extremely cheap, but it will let you sleep soundly at night. How cheap?  Save 75% in your OPEX, and over 90% in CAPEX compared to building out and hosting your own DR site. We like to call it DR on a dime.

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Luckily, the Cloud offers a great solution for DR, and Stratonomic has created many various Disaster Recovery solutions within the GoGrid cloud that will fit most IT organization’s needs, all starting as low as $349 per month.

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Press Release: GoGrid and Stratonomic to Enable Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 by

Do you lose sleep at night thinking about if your web infrastructure is up and running? Do you sleep with your cell phone next to your bed, just waiting for that call saying “the website is down”? Today, GoGrid announced a strategic partnership with Stratonomic, the leader in cloud reliability solutions. Running a Disaster Recovery (DR) solution in the GoGrid cloud will give you the peace of mind (and a good night’s sleep) knowing that your site can fully fail-over to a secondary location in the GoGrid cloud.

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To learn about how to create a Disaster Recovery solution within the GoGrid cloud using Stratonomic, please visit: http://www.gogrid.com/signUp/disaster-recovery/.

There is also a GoGrid and Stratonomic Webinar scheduled for August 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm ET. Please register for the webinar here.

The following press release was delivered today:

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