Cloud Computing

IBM sees big potential for cloud based recovery services in India

by Srikanth RP, InformationWeek, February 8, 2012

With the demand for effective DR services growing due to more number of regulations, IBM is betting big on cloud-based DR and BCP services in India

In an always on environment, enterprises in the banking and telecom domain cannot afford to have even a single moment of downtime. In addition, regulations (such as the one stipulated by the RBI), are acting as catalysts to spur Indian organizations to go in for disaster recovery plans.

As a growing number of Indian enterprises are virtualizing their infrastructure, they are also looking at options to back up their virtual machines. IBM wants to address this market with its SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery service. 

 “Due to increased customer expectations and regulations, many organizations in the banking and telecom domain cannot afford to have even a single moment of downtime. This is fueling the need for DR services,” says Charles Woods, Director, IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, Asia Pacific. The service makes it easier for an enterprise to recover a virtual machine or a server after disruption. As it leverages the cloud, the TCO is much lower.

To encourage adoption, IBM is providing customers with a range of options such as always available virtual machine, virtual machine available only for use during disaster and test and virtual machine for importing server images and backup data from storage media. Should disaster strike, users can directly access their data on the cloud via a portal, eliminating the need for travel to the offsite location.

Woods says that the cloud gives IBM the flexibility to rollout solutions at a faster pace. “The cloud enables us to create more business value for customers, as we can leverage our global best practices and frameworks, and do the same things in India that we have done for our global customers. We see huge potential for services such as data vaulting and enterprise backup,” states Woods.

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Srikanth RP

Executive Editor

An award-winning journalist with more than 14 years of experience, Srikanth RP is Executive Editor with InformationWeek India. Srikanth is passionate about writing on topics which clearly show the business impact of technology.

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