A recent report by Information Week supports the changes that we have been experiencing in the UK:-
It is well recognised that modern IT environments are aligned with the business, this creates an image of the two running in parallel but realistically as a rule the two are intrinsically woven together. Trying to separate the two would be impractical and most likely result in a negative impact either for the customer, organisation or both.
In a recent Gartner report they stated that:-
“Business leaders expect that it is technology that will power growth and the ability to capture adjacent markets, or the ability to engage with and provide constituents more meaningful services.”
As IT becomes more entrenched in the business, we are seeing a greater understanding of the need to reduce both Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective for all downtime.
This is creating a natural transition to digital, online and cloud based solutions for backup and business continuity. Older traditional methods such as tape backup or offsite Business Continuity solutions are not able to deliver an RPO of just a few hours.
A traditional Business Continuity plan means transporting tens or hundreds of resources to an alternative location pre-configured to your requirement. What happens though when your syndicated seats are in use (first come, first served) or the image supplied is 6 months old, or worst case scenario the plan was never tested.
Syndicated seat rates have been a long term point of discussion. There is no regulation that states what the maximum rate should be or even how transparent the supplier needs to be about this. The BCI have been an advocate of this transparency for many years, however faced with the sheer size of the organisations most responsible for delivering this type of service it is no mean feat. Paying for peace of mind is something we all do, insurance policies and pensions being two examples, but we assume that on invocation we will be able to benefit in some way. We don’t expect to be told that someone else has made a claim that day therefore we are too late.
Whilst we don’t expect BC seats to become totally redundant in the next few years we have experienced a shift in the balance towards remote working linked to the transition from traditional onsite data centres towards Managed and Cloud Services. The number of seats purchased per company is declining as Services such as IaaS, Replication, High Availability are increasing.
These changes are leading the way for faster, smarter and more cost effective ways to deliver backup and business continuity Solutions.
To read the full report from Information week – click here