Cloud-based (aka outsourced) IT services continue to be all the rage. Though the concept of a network-accessible outsourced IT provider is nothing new, this hasn't stopped the market hype about clouds as the "shiny new thing." Toigo Partners International is not anti-cloud, but we are constantly endeavoring to reign in the hype and replace marketecture with architecture.
This is especially the case when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery planning for businesses. It is difficult enough to get organizations to embrace the practice of effective planning without a cloud vendor claiming to be expert at data protection and disaster recovery and hanging out a shingle for a "one size fits all" DR solution. We have written about some of our concerns in trade press publications such as the Disaster Resource Guide. An example is provided here for review and/or download.
Frankly, we have been dismayed by the absurd claims of many cloud vendors and delighted to find savvy strategists within a growing number of IT shops who are opting not for "public cloud only" IT services, but for "hybrid" cloud strategies that leverage what is good about network-based services while minimizing the drawbacks of such services. We had written extensively on this topic and opined in many conferences and industry forums, but it was a client engagement that helped to focus our overall approach to continuity planning and clouds.
When a managed hosting services provider came to us and asked if we could help them to define a disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) offering, we saw the opportunity to help define the parameters of a capability that would deliver actual business value. We developed a prospectus in response to the client's questions. Here is a redacted version for your review.
Whether you are a service provider or a consumer thinking about the cloud outsourcing model, we are happy to help you define your requirements and examine the field of alternatives to find the one that works best for you. Give us a call.