IBM Reveals Comprehensive Plan for Disaster Recovery via the Cloud

At Network World, John Dix talks with IBM CTO Richard Cocchiara about data storage in the cloud and how his company handles recovery and IT governance.

The cloud gives small and medium-sized business the same capabilities that larger companies have had for years. Many larger companies have secondary data centers they can use for data backup and recovery, whereas most smaller companies don’t. Smaller companies – with, say, 25 to 100 servers – very often back up to tape. Maybe they store the tapes locally and they may not have a sophisticated disaster recovery plan and strategy. Now, the cloud gives them same capabilities as large companies. They can back up data or replicate servers to a remote site, and then fail-over the servers and network to the remote site in the event of a disaster. So it’s giving small and medium-sized businesses much more sophistication.

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