We tend to not think about the possibility of disasters, but in reality, unpredictable and sometimes even unthinkable things happen. The recent earthquake followed closely by a 10-metre tsunami in Japan is a vivid reminder of how quickly circumstances can change in the wake of a disaster.

And while most of us are busy just trying to keep up with our day-to-day tasks, the impact of disasters on our enterprises can be devastating if we’re not prepared for it. The cost of downtime goes beyond just the lost dollars:

  • 93% of companies that suffer a significant data loss are out of business within five years (U.S. Bureau of Labor).

  • 43% of U.S. businesses never reopen after a major disaster and 29% (more) close within two years (University of Wisconsin).

  • Two out of five companies that experience a catastrophe or an extended system outage never resume operations and of those that do, one-third go out of business within two years (Gartner Group).

Your mission critical IT systems require mission critical protection, no matter the platform or the supplier who may be operating the underlying hardware. It’s not just a matter of the systems, but also the network connections and the integrated applications that are important. No one cares if the lights are flashing and the disks are spinning if the end-to-end transactions can’t take place.

When moving to cloud computing, this level of system interaction needs to be understood and your failover or business continuity options need to be tested. And Cloud vendors will need to participate in these tests too, at least to some degree.

If your enterprise isn’t protected, you won’t have a chance for quick recovery. The result – your business will be deeply impacted in unpredictable ways.

To learn more about protecting your enterprise in the cloud, you can listen to a replay of the recent webcast by HP Distinguished Technologist Ghassem Ahmadinia called “Disasters happen: Is your enterprise protected in the cloud?” At 40 minutes plus Q&A, it’s a bit long but well worth the time to help you understand what you’re up against and the alternatives to overcome the disaster/cloud issues before you need them. Because no one wants to go down with the ship!