VMware announced vCloud Air for Disaster Recovery – UPDATED

VMware announced vCloud Hybrid Service for Disaster Recovery

Editor’s note: We updated this post to reflect VMware’s rebranding of vCloud Hybrid Service for Disaster Recovery, to VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Also, look to the bottom of this post for a link to register for our upcoming webinar on August 28th, 2014. In this webinar, our VMware experts reveal the VMworld 2014 announcements that will affect you most!

Organizations need to protect themselves from a disaster or service interruption. However, the reality is:

  • 24% of companies said they have experienced a full data disaster (Forrester)
  • 95% of companies of companies experienced a data outage in the past year (Ponemon Institute)
  • Average cost of downtime for a midsize company is $70,000 per hour (Gartner)
  • 70% of companies that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. (PricewaterhouseCooper)

What can you do to ensure your virtual machines are protected? Here’s one great option. [Read more…]

If You Aren’t 100% Virtualized, You’re Missing Out

Softchoice at VMWare Partner Exchange 2013

The Softchoice team recently wrapped up the week at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) and one thing was clear: many companies are still lagging behind in their virtualization efforts. In my opinion, this is a big problem. You should be 100% virtualized.

Let start with the why

First (and always first) lets look at dollars. VMware shared a study of a Fortune 100 enterprise they completed with McKinsey & Company. The question that was asked: how much could you save by running your current IT Operations with virtualization and all the modern tools and were not held back by your current legacy systems. The answer? 70% savings in CAPEX and 50% savings in OPEX.

And if that’s not compelling enough, read on for an even more compelling reason you should be 100% virtualized.

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Preventing a Data and Business Disaster When Catastrophe Strikes [Novell]

In this Softchoice exclusive blog post, Softchoice’s Novell/NetIQ Vendor Sales Specialist Judson Samet speaks with NetIQ Partner Executive Jeffrey Confarotta about the havoc that Mother Nature can cause on IT environments, companies and their critical data resources and how companies can protect their IT investment and get back to business quickly. Read the full interview to find out more about why Tape Backup is an unreliable and slow-recovery solution that could cost you your data and possibly your entire business when natural disaster strikes.

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