Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availability​

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What do the following events have in common: cyberattacks, severe weather, health pandemics, and power outages? They all drive organizations to develop a very sophisticated means of "availability" — maintaining uninterrupted business operations. The key to success is building availability processes for operational resilience that integrate, orchestrate, and align the priorities and objectives of line-of-business (LOB) executives, such as CXOs and VPs/managers of business processes, with those of IT.

Why? Because disasters, natural or man made, can potentially cripple or halt an organization's business objectives, from ensuring growth targets and brand equity to optimizing supply chains and worker productivity. Organizations must be always available and able to manage these events in a way that works with their traditional stakeholders of internal business units, supply chains, business partners, and manufacturing. But also, and more importantly, the approach must work with customers — and even governments, the media, and investors.

 

 

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20 ways to determine if there's a zombie in your it departmenthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/20-ways-to-determine-if-there-is-a-zombie-in-your-it-department.aspx20 ways to determine if there's a zombie in your it departmentThink you have an IT zombie in the workplace? Since your answer to this question is pretty important to your survival – and your company's overall availability – we've created the only real way to help you find out.
4 critical considerations for business continuity plannershttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/4-critical-considerations-for-business-continuity-planners.aspx4 critical considerations for business continuity plannersIncidents of business disruption are by no means rare today. According to a Disaster Recovery Journal Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness Online Survey, 73 percent of respondents admitted to having some sort of major disruption to their business operations in the past five years. The most common causes were extreme weather, natural disasters, power outages, IT failures, flood, or fire. ​
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4 Steps to Revitalize Business Continuity Programshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/4-Steps-to-Revitalize-Business-Continuity-Programs.aspx4 Steps to Revitalize Business Continuity ProgramsIn IT, complexity grows over time. When companies adopt a new enterprise technology, it always affects their processes and workflow – often causing “messes” and “clutter” that need to be cleaned up. That’s an essential task in any production environment and it never ends. Growing complexity has to be managed by your team and that management takes time, resources, personnel, and energy.
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Cloud Computing: Resiliency is the Key to Successhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Cloud-Computing-Resiliency-is-the-Key-to-Success.aspxCloud Computing: Resiliency is the Key to SuccessThis white paper will briefly explain what cloud computing is, review the facts which underlie the hyperbole, and will consider both the benefits and challenges that it brings to organizations.
Clouds on the Horizon: Is Your Enterprise Ready to Move to the Cloud?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Clouds-on-the-Horizon-Is-Your-Enterprise-Ready-to-Move-to-the-Cloud.aspxClouds on the Horizon: Is Your Enterprise Ready to Move to the Cloud?With enterprises developing a cloud strategy alongside integrating legacy environments, whether to curb concerns or maximize efficiency, your team must be aware that roles and responsibilities will change moves to either a service organization or hybrid IT. Taking on a broader view of business applications can be a challenge to adoption.
Datacenter Downtime: How Much Does It Really Cost?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Datacenter-Downtime-How-Much-Does-It-Really-Cost.aspxDatacenter Downtime: How Much Does It Really Cost?Aberdeen Group's February 2010 research on Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery Making your Datacenter Disaster Resilient analyzed the frequency and associated costs of datacenter downtime for 125 organizations worldwide.
From Server to VM: 6 Steps to Successfully Convert Physical to Virtualhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/From-Server-to-VM-6-Steps-to-Successfully-Convert-Physical-to-Virtual.aspxFrom Server to VM: 6 Steps to Successfully Convert Physical to VirtualConverting physical servers to virtual machines can bring significant benefits to a business, such as savings on time, resources, complexity, and money. It can be tempting, therefore, to rush headlong into the conversion process after all, the hypervisor tools are wizard-driven, making the actual physical to virtual (P2V) migrations straightforward.
Google Map Visualization Transforms Business Continuity Planninghttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Google-Map-Visualization-Transforms-Business-Continuity-Planning.aspxGoogle Map Visualization Transforms Business Continuity PlanningMap visualization is becoming an essential element for long-term planning as well. The world of business continuity is converging, with business continuity planners driving more engagement and integration with real-time incident management and crisis communication. Map visualization allows more informed planning as well as improved situational awareness in case of a crisis.
People Must Be at the Center of Business Continuity Planning: New Trends and Directions in Workforce Resiliencyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/People-Must-Be-at-the-Center-of-Business-Continuity-Planning-New-Trends-and-Directions-in-Workforce-Resiliency.aspxPeople Must Be at the Center of Business Continuity Planning: New Trends and Directions in Workforce ResiliencyDon't forget about the most important element of your business continuity planning your people. After all, what use would it be to have your systems, data, networks, and applications up and running if there are no people to use them? And who will recover them in the first place, if not your people? This white paper identifies 5 new trends in business continuity planning that involve putting your workforce at the center a tiered workforce, strategic communications, blended solutions, workforce resiliency, and rigorous exercises. Read this white paper to learn more about how to fortify your business' resiliency and your disaster recovery program by taking your people into consideration.
Redefining BC/DR Planning for Midsize Organizationshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Redefining-BCDR-Planning-for-Midsize-Organizations.aspxRedefining BC/DR Planning for Midsize OrganizationsMidsize organizations (businesses with between 100 and 999 employees) are even more likely than their larger enterprise counterparts to identify data protection as a top IT priority over the next 12 months, according to research by ESG. In fact, data protection - specifically, improved data backup and recovery processes and business continuity/disaster recovery programs -accounted for the top-two overall most important IT priorities mentioned by midsize organizations in response to ESG's survey.
Who’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Whos-in-the-Gartner-Magic-Quadrant-for-Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service.aspxWho’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service?The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service is here, and Sungard AS is a leader!
How A Hybrid Cloud Strategy Can Empower Your IT Departmenthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/How-A-Hybrid-Cloud-Strategy-Can-Empower-Your-IT-Department.aspxHow A Hybrid Cloud Strategy Can Empower Your IT DepartmentHow can IT decision makers ensure a cohesive cloud strategy that addresses business needs while maintaining control? Many are turning to a hybrid cloud strategy, which allows businesses to leverage more than one model of cloud computing for various aspects of the business.
The 14 Most Impactful Cyber Security Articles Of The Last 12 Monthshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-14-Most-Impactful-Cyber-Security-Articles-Of-The-Last-12-Months.aspxThe 14 Most Impactful Cyber Security Articles Of The Last 12 MonthsOur eBook touches on the most important aspects of the cyber security threat that industry faces today. These topics and more make up our must read eBook as you prepare your business for the cyber-attack threat that is growing with each passing day.
Do You Fully Understand the Costs of IT Disaster Recovery Management?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Do-You-Fully-Understand-the-Costs-of-IT-Disaster-Recovery-Management.aspxDo You Fully Understand the Costs of IT Disaster Recovery Management?This white paper details the critical elements necessary to put in place the three key components of a comprehensive IT DR solution backup hardware, software, and the surrounding program. It then describes how selectively utilizing the services and capabilities of a DR specialist — for example, leveraging Sungard Availability Services' Managed Recovery Program (MRP) — may help reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of an IT DR program.
Key Criteria for Selecting BCM Program Supporthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Key-Criteria-for-Selecting-BCM-Program-Support.aspxKey Criteria for Selecting BCM Program SupportBusinesses can move from feeling BCM pressure to experiencing BCM stability when they search for a vendor that offers these three legs of support company strength, comprehensive software, and customer service.
Lessons from Sandy: Business Continuance vs. Disaster Recovery and Why Organizations Need Bothhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Lessons-from-Sandy-Business-Continuance-vs--Disaster-Recovery-and-Why-Organizations-Need-Both.aspxLessons from Sandy: Business Continuance vs. Disaster Recovery and Why Organizations Need BothBusiness Continuance (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) are often thought of as the same discipline, yet they are not. Business Continuance plans, processes, and technologies are put in place to allow a company to carry on operations during a natural or man-made crisis, including terrorism. Disaster Recovery is what is done when BC and High Availability plans did not work or were never put in place.
ESG Product Brief — Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud Serviceshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/ESG-Product-Brief-Sungard-AS-Enterprise-Cloud-Services.aspxESG Product Brief — Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud ServicesLong-time managed services and disaster recovery specialist Sungard AS is raising its game by offering Enterprise Cloud Services. Enterprise Cloud Services allows Sungard AS to deliver security and availability for organizations’ compute, network, and storage resources and ultimately help them contain costs and provide efficiencies that might not otherwise be possible due to the increasing demand on their internal IT resources.
Why Disaster Recovery Readiness is Importanthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Why-Disaster-Recovery-Readiness-is-Important.aspxWhy Disaster Recovery Readiness is ImportantFocused on short-term pressures to make budget cuts, it often escapes companies that disaster preparedness needs may actually be greater during economic slowdowns. For instance, many organizations are reducing costs by consolidating equipment. But because of e-discovery and compliance requirements, data must still be retained even with a cap on spending. Read more about why Disaster Recovery readiness is so critical to your organization. Download the whitepaper.
How Managed Multisite Availability Changes the Cloud Environmenthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/How-Managed-Multisite-Availability-Changes-the-Cloud-Environment.aspxHow Managed Multisite Availability Changes the Cloud EnvironmentA growing number of businesses are using cloud computing to access resources over the Internet, store data and run applications. However, in abandoning traditional on-premise computing and data storage for a cloud-based solution, many companies fear what will happen if the remote data center housing the cloud experiences its own crash.
Data Center, Colocation or In-Househttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Data-Center,-Colocation-or-In-House.aspxData Center, Colocation or In-HouseNo matter how fast storage ability, data rates, and processor speeds increase, the demand that users place on IT infrastructure continues to expand. IT departments must continually look forward and plan in order to meet future requirements.
Five Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Plans Failhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Five-Reasons-Why-Disaster-Recovery-Plans-Fail.aspxFive Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Plans Fail“IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL” goes the old adage. In the current age of hyper-connectivity and uber-accessibility, dependence on real-time technology and applications brings an even greater need for technologycentric disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Most organizations understand this, yet despite the increased awareness, IT disaster recovery plans continue to fail when needed most; during a disaster or disruption.
Managing Recoveryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Managing-Recovery.aspxManaging RecoveryMost organizations lack three fundamental components essential to managing recovery from a disaster continually updated recovery processes, staff availability for test and recovery, and on-staff recovery expertise. Finding the right service provider with the experience necessary to deliver effective recovery management cover that gap effectively and efficiently.
The Transformative Benefits of Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Transformative-Benefits-of-Cloud.aspxThe Transformative Benefits of CloudThe benefits of cloud are transformative because, by replacing in-house infrastructure with a scalable and efficient service, they allow an IT organization to move out of a functional role based on procurement and maintenance and toward a leadership role founded on guiding and participating in core business initiatives.
Colocation Power: Why Physical Space is Secondaryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Colocation-Power-Why-Physical-Space-is-Secondary.aspxColocation Power: Why Physical Space is SecondaryColocation requirements can no longer be expressed in terms of square footage. That's because the amount of physical space required to house colocated infrastructure is in large part determined by the power and cooling demands of the hardware. This white paper examines the relationship between wattage and floor space in a data center, and demonstrates the calculations an IT organization can perform in order to determine its power requirements—because only then can it determine how much square footage is truly necessary.
Putting the Business into Continuity Management - Executive Summaryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Putting-the-Business-into-Continuity-Management---Executive-Summary.aspxPutting the Business into Continuity Management - Executive SummaryBusiness Continuity Management has undergone many changes in recent years, both in scale and scope. It has come a long way from its tactical beginnings in computer disaster recovery, and is now moving toward a much more business-focused position with an emphasis on operational risk prevention and resilience planning. Many of the issues driving the current change in approach to Business Continuity Management have been steadily growing for years. These issues include stricter international standards, rigorous compliance requirements, a broader understanding of internal and external risk, and a priority on minimum downtime and maximum information availability.
Security in the Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Security-in-the-Cloud.aspxSecurity in the CloudIt is important to recognize that risk cannot be 100% eliminated. However, it can be significantly reduced to a level that is acceptable for a given business. The most crucial step in reducing risk is vendor selection. The right vendor will work in partnership with a client company at every step in order to maximize cloud security. This is key security is a collaborative effort between the vendor and the client. The vendor cannot guarantee absolute security, but can provide the means so that the vendor and client together can make security a practical reality. With this in mind, companies should take a layered approach when assessing cloud vendors.
Virtualized Disaster Recovery: Obvious Benefits, Hidden Obstacleshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Virtualized-Disaster-Recovery-Obvious-Benefits,-Hidden-Obstacles.aspxVirtualized Disaster Recovery: Obvious Benefits, Hidden ObstaclesJust like their non-virtualized counterparts, virtualized infrastructures require a plan for when a business disruption or disaster strikes. Also like their non-virtualized counterparts, local redundancy while enhanced due to virtualization-enabled high availability and pooling of resources, only goes so far. It can never be a substitute for a second geographically segregated disaster recovery site. Download and read this executive level overview of Virtual Disaster Recovery (VDR) benefits and planning considerations.
10 Things Your Team Is Afraid To Tell You About Your DR Planhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/10-Things-Your-Team-Is-Afraid-To-Tell-You-About-Your-DR-Plan.aspx10 Things Your Team Is Afraid To Tell You About Your DR PlanCost-cutting pressures on CIOs have led many to accept more risk and settle into a mindset that their Disaster Recovery (DR) program is comprehensive, when, in fact, it might not hold up when matched against the company’s business requirements.​
The Gartner magic quadrant for business continuity management planning softwarehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/who-is-in-the-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-business-continuity-management-planning-software.aspxThe Gartner magic quadrant for business continuity management planning softwareThe Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software is here! 18 vendors were evaluated against their ability to execute and their completeness of vision. Sungard Availability Services was recognized as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software!
Calculating The True Costs Of Business Continuity Management Planshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/calculating-the-true-costs-of-business-continuity-management-plans.aspxCalculating The True Costs Of Business Continuity Management PlansIt’s time for business to tap into modern, cloud-based, BCM software to automate much of their BC program. Discover what the best BC platforms offer in the way of functionality and features inside our guide.
Fighting Back Against Shadow IThttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Fighting-Back-Against-Shadow-IT-A-Guide-To-Embracing-Cloud-Services-To-Become-A-Trusted-Advisor.aspxFighting Back Against Shadow ITThe advent of powerful and rapidly-evolving mobile devices and associated applications has given shadow IT a boost, as has the availability of cloud services.
ESG Product Brief — Sungard AS Continuity Management Solution: More than Just Software. An Intelligent Framework.http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/ESG-Product-Brief-Continuity-Management-Solution-More-than-Just-Software-An-Intelligent-Framework.aspxESG Product Brief — Sungard AS Continuity Management Solution: More than Just Software. An Intelligent Framework.Deep in the halls of many IT organizations lives a worrier a professional paid to assume the worst, plan for disasters, and contemplate the unthinkable. They are the Disaster Recovery Planner. They may prefer “contingency” or “business continuity” as part of their identity, but their role is clear document what needs to happen to keep the business running and teach the rest of us our roles. Sungard AS Continuity Management Solution (CMS) is a suite of software tools and best practices that help automate and maintain a functional and auditable DR plan.
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Paradox of Compliance: Business Continuity and Resiliencehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Paradox-of-Compliance-Business-Continuity-and-Resilience.aspxParadox of Compliance: Business Continuity and ResilienceThe world is changing by the minute, both your organization and external forces. It’s time for a different approach.
The 12 Best Cloud Computing Articles of the Yearhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/12-best-cloud-computing-articles-of-the-year.aspxThe 12 Best Cloud Computing Articles of the YearDownload our 12 must-read cloud computing articles eBook and learnThe Top 5 Lies Your Cloud Salesperson Will Tell YouWhat is Auto-Scaling or Cloud Bursting3 Questions to Drive Your Enterprise Cloud ArchitectureAnd much more...
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When Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud Strategyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/When-Cloud-Makes-Sense-Cloud-Strategy.aspxWhen Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud StrategyFor more than a decade now, companies have been implementing virtualization technologies in their data centers to increase efficiency and consolidate servers. Virtualization is a foundational part of cloud computing. The biggest benefits of virtualization are efficiency and operational availability. So many more benefits can be realized by moving beyond virtualization to the cloud. The benefits of cloud include agility and flexibility, the potential for capital reallocation, and accelerated competitiveness.
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Are You Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Are-You-Ready-for-the-Next-Hurricane-Sandy.aspxAre You Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy?By the time Hurricane Sandy made landfall, we received 342 alerts and 117 disaster declarations for our disaster recovery customers. Just as important, hundreds of our managed hosting customers who trust us to keep their production applications and IT environments always available had no interruption of service – with 100% uptime. Additionally, our Carlstadt data center also served as an impromptu community command center for local law enforcement, medical and first response teams.
How to Pick a Colocation Providerhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/How-to-Pick-a-Colocation-Provider.aspxHow to Pick a Colocation Provider“Colocation is all about economies of scale, focusing on your core competencies as a business and letting someone else handle the data center aspect,” says Joe Sullivan, senior director, colocation product management with Sungard Availability Services. “From a financial perspective, it allows you to take a large cash outlay or capital expense and convert that into an operating expense.” Smart Business spoke with Sullivan about how to decide if colocation is right for you, and what to look for in a colocation provider.
The Cost Of Doing It Wrong: 6 Key Cost Considerations When Evaluating A Cloud Servicehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/6-key-cost-considerations-when-evaluating-a-cloud-service.aspxThe Cost Of Doing It Wrong: 6 Key Cost Considerations When Evaluating A Cloud ServiceThe wide-scale adoption and rapid move to the Cloud is being met by a similarly explosive growth in the number of providers offering services. Unfortunately, not all cloud services are created equal. The wrong choice - going with a commodity cloud provider for critical workloads, for example - can have significant consequences and could lead to a loss of revenue, productivity, reputation, and customers. A wrong choice can also increase IT costs and in some cases, result in regulatory and civil penalties and fines.
Crisis Management Checklisthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Crisis-Management-Checklist.aspxCrisis Management ChecklistThis material suggests high-level issues that you should consider if you are in response mode. Sungard Availability Services is providing this as a public service.
Business Continuity and Diaster Recovery: Don't Go it Alonehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Business-Continuity-and-Diaster-Recovery-Do-not-go-it-Alone.aspxBusiness Continuity and Diaster Recovery: Don't Go it AloneAberdeen recently conducted a survey of IT professionals focused on the plans and processes that organizations adopt for continued business operations and recovery in case of a disaster. Business continuance (BC) plans, processes, and technologies are combined with an organization's capabilities to ensure maximum uptime of critical applications.
The Replication and Recovery Of Mission Critical Data To The Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/replication-and-recovery-of-mission-critical-data-to-the-cloud.aspxThe Replication and Recovery Of Mission Critical Data To The CloudWhen a disaster or disruption occurs, your team can count on faster access to data and application protection that allows your business to continue operations in the face of challenging circumstances. Our RaaS solution for EMC2 extends the investment in current VMAX/VNX infrastructure which mitigates the need for additional hardware expenditures. Find out how your business can benefit from this unique solution.

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