February 22, 2016 by Tris Hussey

No One Got Fired For Going To The Cloud

No One Got Fired For Going To The Cloud

VMWare and IBM partner up for new Cloud offerings

Back in the day the saying "no one got fired for buying IBM" was a testament to the reliability of Big Blue. You could be sure that if you went with IBM for anything computer related you were in good shape. Times have changed—and so has IBM—but if there is one thing true today it's that no one gets fired for leveraging the Cloud for business applications. It doesn't hurt that the leader in virtualization tools—VMWare—has inked a partnership deal with IBM to get more businesses on to the Cloud.

If you have VMs you should be leveraging the Cloud

According to VMWare nearly 100% of the Fortune 500 use VMWare for virtual servers. VMs make sense for a lot of reasons, but this post isn't about why you should go virtual. This post assumes you have some VMs running and wondering why you aren't leveraging the Cloud more.

VMs are made for the Cloud they are portable, compact, and designed to scale. A VM is just a file on a bigger computer so to move back it up or move it to another server is (essentially) as simple as copying the VM from one location to another. Which means...

VMs can be backed up the cloud with ease

Want to make sure your critical data isn't lost? You need to back it up. You can't keep local backups forever, it's not just impractical it's, frankly, stupid. Local backups are great for a week or so's worth of data, but after that you're smart to move data offsite to a) keep more data longer in long-term, cheaper storage and b) cover your butt in case something happens in your server room. Combining your local backup solution with a Cloud-based backup solution gives you more than just peace of mind, it gives you flexibility too.

How can a backup give you flexibility? A backed up VM can become a live VM without too much effort.

VMs are essential to disaster recovery

Servers break down. It happens. It's normal and that's why a good sys admin has redundancy built into his architecture. Sometimes all the redundancy in the world can't deal with total hardware failure or a break in or a massive power outage. A good sys admin also has her systems backed up and backed up offsite. If you have your VMs backed up to any decent cloud services provider, you'll be able to have that backed up VM running live on a server in a day.

Unless you already planned for this eventuality and have disaster recovery set up already then your downtime might only be a few hours or minutes. And again the secret to this is...

The backed up VM with your Cloud services provider. Once a VM is on a cloud server, then allocating space for it on a live server is a piece of cake. Your provider ensures there is always enough capacity for your critical systems so when disaster strikes, you're ready to go.

What's keeping you from the Cloud?

If you're already using VMs for even a few of your servers, you're backing them up. If you're backing your VMs and other data up, you should be backing it up offsite. If you're backing up offsite, then you should be backing up to the cloud so your data is available with a few clicks (and not stuck on a tape in a box in a storage facility somewhere). If you're already backing up your VMs to the cloud, then you just take the next logical step and have your most critical systems available for disaster recovery at a moment's notice.

It all seems logical to me. So...

What's really keeping you from the Cloud? If you have questions, we have answers. Email us and we can answer your questions and secure your business data in the cloud.

Having cloud backups doesn't get people fired, but not having your data backed up when disaster strikes will.

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