Joe Calabro is a Senior Director who focuses on continuously improving internal processes at Velocity.  He has previously worked for IBM and Oracle as an Infrastructure and Implementation Manager.            
 
There have been many articles published recently on the cost/benefit of Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions.  In today’s rapidly evolving world of technology innovations, one area that every organization must be prepared for is disruptions.  Disruptions can be as minor as an outage in a Data Center that requires a couple of hours to remediate, or a major disaster in the region causing the need to utilize systems that have been sitting idle awaiting for such an event.  
 
Even the largest and most IT sensitive organizations have not been spared from issues like cyber-attacks, corporate website corruption and DDoS invasions. Every business enterprise realizes that disruptions will continue to occur and understands that it must develop strategies to maintain operations with minimal loss.
 
Cultivating a strategy can be as simple as ensuring manual processes are developed to as complicated as transferring the business systems over to a third party provider.  In all cases, the solution must be capable of providing the continuation of the services and products required of each organization’s end customers. Without a plan, customers will look elsewhere to guarantee their business is not impacted.
 
There are a whole host of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery options available in the market today.  Each model has its benefits and different value propositions.  Each organization must determine the amount of annual IT budget it wants to allocate to mitigate the risk of a major outage.  There are a number of factors involved in this decision, and to ensure success, it is imperative that each organization spend the time assessing their business requirements and selecting the model that best meets their requirements.
 
Regardless of the model chosen, the organizations that will guarantee success are those that execute an annual test, which involves all components of the operational model they utilize daily to support or deliver goods and services to their customers.  Systems and processes change frequently, and if a test is not conducted, there is higher risk that the DR solution that was originally implemented may not achieve the desired results.  
 
Velocity offers flexibility to our customers by providing various options for Managed Disaster Recovery.  Some customers engage Velocity for Managed Disaster Recovery as a standalone service; or our Managed Application Services customers have DR built-in as part of the solution.  Solutions today are centered on backup and OS technology.  Whether it is physical tapes being shipped or data being replicated from backup systems between data centers, the customer can select the amount of data they are willing to lose combined with the amount of time it will take to restore their systems.  With the recent acquisition of Titan Technology Partners and the development of our latest generation of our cloud architecture, Velocity will be introducing additional options to further extend our Managed Disaster Recovery Solutions. Stay tuned for exciting developments in Velocity offerings.