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Michael Puldy
Michael Puldy
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Itís Raining Risk: Whatís Your Umbrella Resiliency Strategy?

Cloud-based data-backup solutions can help companies continue to generate revenue under unexpected or disastrous circumstances.

Flash back to two decades ago, and you’ll find that most IT systems and storage were located in single in-house data centers that could only be accessed by employees. In those days, maintaining business resiliency was not a complicated task.

In fact, 20 years ago most enterprises looked at resiliency simply as disaster recovery. Information was managed locally, backups were taken once a night, and data was manually moved offsite each day. This coverage was sufficient because exposures were few and threats were less intrusive and less damaging. Plus, IT had a change window -- a daily period of business downtime -- when it could fix problems and shield the impact from clients.

A Modern Picture Of Resiliency

Fast-forward to 2016. Today’s IT environment is completely different and brings a new world of resiliency and continuity challenges to enterprises. Risk events, business threats, and interruptions are coming from every direction, and outages can be extremely costly. More than ever, business continuity management is vital to help reduce risk.

So when it’s raining risk, how can you protect your data and mitigate risk? What’s your umbrella strategy?

To conduct their daily business, most organizations rely on an ecosystem of internal and external systems that are linked to a continuous river of data. Access privileges now extend beyond employees to business partners and customers, and all of these users are generating unprecedented amounts of data -- to be specific, 2.3 trillion gigabytes of data are created every day. As such, it’s increasingly complex to keep such an environment completely protected from adverse events while maintaining continuous processing capabilities.

Availability And The Cloud Go Hand In Hand

In an always-on world, companies are pushing for total availability. This brings us to the cloud.

Cloud-based data-backup solutions can help companies continue to generate revenue under unexpected or disastrous circumstances. Threats are everywhere, from network and power failures to fires, pandemics, terrorist acts, civil unrest, and hacks. Data resiliency solutions, specifically cloud-based alternatives, are highly recommended if the primary business solution is to meet a company’s daily needs for data protection, improved competitive capabilities, brand and reputation protection, and overall business resilience.

Savvy organizations understand that cloud-based data-backup solutions are no longer just a way to protect their business -- they offer a way to grow the business. Data-backup solutions can help enterprises obtain a competitive advantage. They help protect business-critical data, giving organizations near ubiquitous access to the information they need for smarter decision-making.

The drive to advance a competitive business strategy while reducing risk is a constant balancing act for organizations of every size in every industry. If yours is like most companies, you have a business-continuity management plan to help mitigate risk, but you need to ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky?

Michael is responsible for long term guidance and governance for business continuity management and resiliency programs across the globe at IBM. Prior to this role, Michael was a services and solutions executive where he managed all presales activities associated with IBM ... View Full Bio
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