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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/21/2014 | 11:51:25 AM
Congrats
First, congratulations on the win. It's well-deserved. 

I've edited our Backup Technologies surveys for years, and that confidence number is stubbornly low. I used to have a lot of sympathy, before virtualization became SOP. I had some sympathy before cloud became SOP. Now? Not so much.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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7/21/2014 | 2:08:12 PM
The real gain: backing up more systems
Excellent testimony from Jonathan on DR. The real gain in the long run may be in the willingness to back up many additional systems, thanks to the ease of DR operations via the cloud and overall reduced cost.
slingle816
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slingle816,
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7/21/2014 | 2:47:20 PM
Why not take the next step?
We've been in this discussion at our organization before, it's an interesting model that warrants serious consideration.  Conversation always leads too...If it works so well for DR, why do you need a primary data center at all?  In my locale affordable bandwidth is our primarly impediment, but sounds like this isn't an issue for you.  What hurdles do you face that prevent you from considering this approach as your primary data center?  Thanks.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/21/2014 | 3:03:42 PM
Re: Why not take the next step?
That bandwidth equation is interesting Jonathan. What might be the next step for your org?
hernick
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hernick,
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7/21/2014 | 3:05:58 PM
Congrats on the win
Nicely thought out, executed, and won.

I like your three-jump metaphor & the use of an external auditor during testing. Too bad the $50k didn't include a pile of Amazon gift cards for your staff!
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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7/21/2014 | 3:43:59 PM
Re: Congrats on the win
Congratulations, Jonathan. In addition to the technical insight, it's helpful to get a look into how you put the team together, addressing the concerns and interests of app and infrastructure groups. These are personal and political decisions, not just technical ones. 
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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7/22/2014 | 11:31:09 AM
Re: Congrats on the win
So many great points, particularly the advice on how licenses can be affected with DR.  Thanks for the insight, hopefully your story will inspire many others to take the leap into cloud based DR!
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/23/2014 | 9:19:35 AM
Kudos!
Congratulations, Jonathan! And thanks for sharing your story and insight. It's important to demonstrate that moving to cloud isn't all "rainbows and sunshine," as you say, but the benefits should outweigh the challenges of the transition.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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7/30/2014 | 4:57:52 PM
Cloud Security
Most of the vendors rely on really hefty security which can cause malfunctions in itself, especially when securing various labels in a big data set. What kind of innovation in the security is undertaken has to be passed through for evaluation by Cloud Disaster Management department.


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