The Compelling Business Case for Hybrid Cloud Services​

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Today’s sophisticated cloud computing environments have made it possible for customers to choose services tailored very specifically to their needs and budgets. In many cases, they are choosing hybrid cloud services. These services include a mixture of both public and private cloud infrastructure. The public cloud is deployed at a service provider’s cloud data center while the private cloud is deployed at a customer’s data center.

Hybrid cloud solutions have become extremely popular for some very good reasons. They allow companies concerned about security to deploy specific applications in a public cloud (such as those that are customer facing and contain less critical data) while keeping mission-critical and back office applications in a private cloud.  

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Cloud Complexity: The Need for Resiliencehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Cloud-Complexity-The-Need-for-Resilience.aspxCloud Complexity: The Need for ResilienceA successful shift to cloud computing requires a shift in both mindsets and strategies, processes and partnerships across and outside a company.The growing interest in resiliency in a cloud-dominated era was recently highlighted in a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper.
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 2016 edition of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service positiones Sungard AS once again in the Leaders quadrant.The 2016 edition of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) was just released and Sungard AS was once again positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant. This is the second year in a row that Gartner, Inc. placed Sungard AS within this category.
Who’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Whos-in-the-Gartner-Magic-Quadrant-for-Business-Continuity-Management-Planning-Software.aspxWho’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software?The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software positioned Sungard AS in the Leaders quadrant for the second year in a row.The 2016 edition of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software recently positioned Sungard AS in the "Leaders" quadrant for the second time in a row. We are pleased that Sungard AS was positioned highest in Ability to Execute among all 13 vendors in the report.
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What’s in a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Template?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/What-is-in-a-Business-Continuity-Disaster-Recovery-Plan-Template.aspxWhat’s in a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Template?Most disaster recovery plan templates contain the same basic building blocks that you can use as a framework for your own BC/DR plan. Download our DR plan template.So if you've been tasked with creating a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan for your team, function, business unit, or company, you can likely get yourself 80% of the way there by taking an existing disaster recovery plan template and customizing it to your specific situation. The goal of this white paper, therefore, is to share insights into effective disaster recovery plan templates that we at Sungard AS have gained over the last 30 years, as well as to provide a sample template that you can follow when writing your own BC/DR plan.
The Forrester Wave: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providershttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Forrester-Wave-Traditional-Disaster-Recovery-Service-Providers,-Q1-2014.aspxThe Forrester Wave: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service ProvidersIn Forrester’s 45-criteria evaluation of traditional disaster recovery service providers, we identified the six most significant service providers.Today’s world of 24x7 operations is forcing I&O professionals to reconsider how they run their resiliency programs. More and more, they use a mix of in-house and outsourced resiliency. Almost one in four enterprises say that improving BC/DR is a critical priority for the next year, and this group is also more likely to use outsourced DR services.
The Application Lifecycle Management Toolboxhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/application-lifecycle-toolbox.aspxThe Application Lifecycle Management ToolboxHere are some tricks of the trade to help you keep your applications in working order, so you can ratchet up their value to the business.Are you in a fix when it comes to managing the lifecycle of your applications? It's no wonder, when you consider the long job list involved from initial planning to retirement. Here are some tricks of the trade to help you keep your applications in working order, so you can ratchet up their value to the business.
Why most businesses are not where they want to be when it comes to Cyber Securityhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Why-most-businesses-are-not-where-they-want-to-be-when-it-comes-to-Cyber-Security.aspxWhy most businesses are not where they want to be when it comes to Cyber SecurityThe reason most businesses aren’t where they want to be when it comes to cyber security has to do with their culture, perspective, and strategy.Have you wondered why many businesses are not where they want to be when it comes to cyber security? It is in the news on a consistent basis, corporate leaders understand the threat cyberattacks pose to their organizations, the pressure is on, but what is missing?
Is Your Healthcare IT Environment Ready?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/is-your-healthcare-it-environment-ready.aspxIs Your Healthcare IT Environment Ready?What are your goals for your healthcare enterprise – and how well-positioned is your IT environment to support those goals?Demands on healthcare IT environments are growing. Systems support the delivery of patient care, preserve reputation, and underpin the business resiliency of the entire enterprise.
Continuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 2http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Continuing-Your-IT-Journey-to-the-Cloud-Part-2.aspxContinuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 2The portability of legacy applications: The greater the complexity, the more planning, time, and resources you will need to virtualize an application.Some applications can be moved to the cloud more easily than others. Some factors impacting the ease of migration include how many dependencies the applications have, the way the code is written and in which language, the degree of support with migration tools, and whether you have the internal expertise to virtualize the application.
Continuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 1http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Continuing-Your-IT-Journey-to-the-Cloud-Part-1.aspxContinuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 1Your IT journey to the cloud could be relatively easy – if it weren’t for the legacy applications that support major portions of your business.As you consider your legacy applications and their impact on your virtualization strategy, here are a few questions you may have about putting your plan into motion.
Ensure You Thrive In A Hybrid IT Worldhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Ensure-You-Thrive-In-A-Hybrid-IT-World.aspxEnsure You Thrive In A Hybrid IT WorldA holistic and tailored Hybrid IT approach could be needed to conquer escalating customer demands, agility at scale, and exposure to digital security risks.Hybrid IT — an environment that encompasses a wide mix of internal and external assets and services — requires effective governance. As line of business managers continue to move around the IT organization to get the applications and capabilities they want, the lack of governance puts the entire organization at risk.
Making App Dev Truly Agilehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Making-App-Dev-Truly-Agile.aspxMaking App Dev Truly AgileThrough App Agility, you can reinvent business models, accelerate change, reduce expenses, and revise your processes.Apps are the path to addressing business imperatives including innovation, the development of new business models, and that the delivery of superior customer experiences. But apps also enable you to address foundational imperatives operational efficiency and effectiveness, supply chain agility, and human capital management.
Top 10 Ways to Address PCI DSS Compliancehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Top-10-Ways-to-Address-PCI-DSS-Compliance.aspxTop 10 Ways to Address PCI DSS ComplianceSunGard‘s suite of Managed Security Services provide organizations with one of the easiest and most affordable ways to secure networks and comply with critical policies and regulations.Headlines have been written, fines have been issued and companies around the world have been challenged to find the resources, time and capital needed to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Companies not only have to embrace the new policies and implement changes to network configurations, they must also ensure that a solution is in place to protect cardholder data.
Avoid the Cloud Party Hangoverhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Avoid-the-Cloud-Party-Hangover.aspxAvoid the Cloud Party HangoverBusinesses want to go to the cloud party, but clearly need ways of avoiding a cloud hangover when it comes to the cost, complexity, and challenges.Tallying up the costs of implementing a cloud solution can make your head spin. Cost savings often drive cloud migration desires, but your initial implementation and day-to-day maintenance costs may be more than you bargained (and budgeted) for.
Crisis Management: The missing piece in effective Disaster Recoveryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Crisis-Management-the-missing-piece-in-effective-Disaster-Recovery.aspxCrisis Management: The missing piece in effective Disaster RecoveryWith Crisis Management adding its dynamic power to your disaster recovery plans, you will be prepared. The business view becomes married to the IT perspective.When you consider your current disaster recovery plan, your IT systems, applications, infrastructure, and networks probably come to mind. You may feel quite confident about your ability to recover your technology. That's fine, as far as it goes – but does it go far enough? Have you considered what happens at time of disaster?
The Payoffs Of Disaster Recovery As A Servicehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Payoffs-Of-Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service-.aspxThe Payoffs Of Disaster Recovery As A ServiceDisaster Recovery As A Service gives you a complete failover site with no capex costs: you pay only for what you need when you need it.Business interruptions are commonplace and many corporate executives are confident they possess full disaster recovery capabilities to counter the very real threat that downtime presents to their companies. Many organizations have disaster recovery plans, backup protocols, and communication procedures in place, but they often don’t equal true recoverability. The best disaster recovery planning still won't amount to much if it is not tested and kept up-to-date.
6 Practical Steps to Orchestrate Business Resiliencyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/6-Practical-Steps-to-Orchestrate-Business-Resiliency.aspx6 Practical Steps to Orchestrate Business ResiliencyWhat exactly needs to happen to transform business continuity management to prevent chaos and orchestrate resiliency?Chaos is "complete confusion and disorder, a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything." In the IT realm, chaos is the reason we have business continuity plans. We have to be prepared to handle the inevitable intrusion of chaos and still achieve comprehensive business resiliency.
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 CloudSungard AS Recovery as a Service (RaaS) for EMC2 is the data replication and disaster recovery solution that delivers secure, enterprise-class infrastructure.When 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.
Establishing A Managed Cloud Infrastructurehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Establishing-A-Managed-Cloud-Infrastructure.aspxEstablishing A Managed Cloud InfrastructureThe cloud is ideal for applications where the workload has pronounced peaks and valleys. Applications in the cloud can scale rapidly and automatically.Placing applications into the cloud is serious business and expertise is required. You’ve arrived at the decision to migrate to the cloud, don’t go about it in a halfhearted way. Learn more about application cloud migrations and prepare your business the right way.
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 MonthsThe news has been inundated with cyber security related stories recently. Our eBook touches on the most important aspects of the cyber security threat that industry faces today.Our 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.
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 PlansThis guide includes worksheets and other tools you can use for a side-by-side comparison of traditional BCM tools versus modern platforms.It’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 cloud services has made shadow IT more prevalent, but the same technology also offers a solution.The advent of powerful and rapidly-evolving mobile devices and associated applications has given shadow IT a boost, as has the availability of cloud services.
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 YearWhen you look at a Lotus and a Lada, you can see that you get what you pay for. The cloud is the same way.Download 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...
New Ways to Get the Biggest Return from Your Cloud IThttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/New-Ways-to-Get-the-Biggest-Return-from-Your-Cloud-IT.aspxNew Ways to Get the Biggest Return from Your Cloud ITYou can rely on cloud service providers for the flexibility and agility the cloud brings for scaling applications, services, and capacity up or down.Is your capital expenditure (CapEx) budget shrinking? Are you looking to get the most out of your operational expenditures (OpEx) and spread your IT expenses out in predictable monthly payments? Learn how you can take advantage of cloud services to achieve the greatest possible efficiency from your IT resources, lower capital costs, and enhance productivity.
The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Forrester-Wave-Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service-Providers-Q1-2014.aspxThe Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014During the past few years, enterprise DRaaS adoption has grown steadily to 19% today, with another 22% planning to adopt.The past few years have seen significant growth and adoption of DRaaS across all segments, as I&O professionals are looking for ways to improve their recovery objectives without increasing spend. In this time, traditional DR service providers, cloud service providers, telcos, and pure-play providers have brought new DRaaS solutions to market.
Adapting to the Changing Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Adapting-to-the-Changing-Cloud.aspxAdapting to the Changing CloudNew research from idg shows that organizations are relying on cloud computing and recovery services to achieve positive business outcomes.IDG Research Services recently surveyed IT leaders to understand organizations’ cloud computing needs, the value placed on cloud recovery services, and the associated benefits and challenges they encounter with cloud recovery services. The research results offer a window into what IT leaders see as the benefits and the challenges of cloud recovery services.
Hybrid Cloud Services: An Interview with Cisco Executive Rob Lloydhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Hybrid-Cloud-Services-An-Interview-with-Cisco-Executive-Rob-Lloyd.aspxHybrid Cloud Services: An Interview with Cisco Executive Rob LloydSungard AS recently sat down with Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco, to discuss the trend toward hybrid cloud services.Sungard AS recently sat down with Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco, to discuss the trend toward hybrid cloud services and to describe what the new Cisco® Intercloud initiative and Application Centric Infrastructure means to customers. These innovations have been embraced by Cisco ecosystem service provider partner Sungard Availability Services, whose offerings bring new flexibility, cost-effectiveness, agility, and options to customers looking at cloud solutions.
Five Key Considerations for Selecting Cloud Recovery Serviceshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Five-Key-Considerations-for-Selecting-Cloud-Recovery-Services.aspxFive Key Considerations for Selecting Cloud Recovery ServicesLarger cloud providers will have many data centers and will be able to offer geographic redundancy thousands of miles away from the primary data center.As more businesses recognize just how vulnerable their networks, applications, and data are, backup and disaster recovery initiatives have risen to the top of IT agendas. Cloud service providers that deliver backup and recovery as-a-service in the cloud have seen a corresponding increase in business. Why? Because many customers recognize that it’s much more expensive to provide business continuity themselves. Businesses that contact providers such as Allstream have a general idea of how they want to use backup and recovery services. Here are some items that should be part of an evaluation of a cloud-based backup and recovery service.
Why CIOs Get Firedhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Why-CIOs-Get-Fired.aspxWhy CIOs Get FiredThe CIO is a very demanding position. If it’s not out of control projects, or technology failures, something equally troublesome will emerge.Every year or so some CIO very publicly loses their job. Often job dismissals can be predicted. Aside from outright illegality or being close to exiting executives during regime change, most discharges result from failure to perform position duties. Nevertheless, the four examples included in this report all have some steps that can be taken to help avoid the pitfalls that lead to shortened job tenure.
What will the Causes of Downtime be in the Near Future and How Can You Minimize their Impact?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/What-will-the-Causes-of-Downtime-be-in-the-Near-Future-and-How-Can-You-Minimize-their-Impact.aspxWhat will the Causes of Downtime be in the Near Future and How Can You Minimize their Impact?There were 14 billion-dollar (or more) U.S. weather-related natural disasters in 2011, with a total economic damage cost of about $55 billion.Organizations today must quickly react to market conditions by modifying existing offerings or offering new products and services. The critical applications that enable these changes and support the business must be available 24x7, or a company risks lost productivity, revenue, reputation, and ultimately, customers and clients.
When Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud Strategyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/When-Cloud-Makes-Sense-Cloud-Strategy.aspxWhen Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud StrategyOne of the most compelling reasons to consume cloud services continues to be the ability for a business to almost immediately leverage IT platforms.For 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.
The Root Causes Behind Failed Recoverieshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Root-Causes-Behind-Failed-Recoveries.aspxThe Root Causes Behind Failed RecoveriesWhen considering business continuity and disaster recovery (BC /DR ), a failed recovery means discontinued business.When considering business continuity and disaster recovery (BC /DR), a failed recovery means discontinued business. Having systems inoperable and people unavailable for a matter of days or even hours can be disastrous in terms of lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and negative press. It is therefore critical to understand the root-causes behind why recoveries fail in the first place.
Taking Recovery as a Service to the Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Taking-Recovery-as-a-Service-to-the-Cloud.aspxTaking Recovery as a Service to the CloudCloud Recovery: Taking Recovery as a Service to the CloudThis Analyst Report will analysis Cloud-based managed recovery services and how they are a natural follow-on to cloud-based backup and how implementing disaster recovery in and from the cloud promises lower costs.
Sungard AS Introduces Business Continuity Assessment Services, New Dedupe Capabilityhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Sungard-AS-Introduces-Business-Continuity-Assessment-Services,-New-Dedupe-Capability.aspxSungard AS Introduces Business Continuity Assessment Services, New Dedupe CapabilityWhite paper discussing the introduction and capabilities of Sungard AS business assessment services, new dedupe capability.Sungard Availability Services division has been making some technology upgrades to its business continuity services. Following on the heels of its recent 365 Hosting (otherwise known as Hosting365) acquisition, and new Secure2Disk offering, comes a new business continuity management software platform. While so many cloud providers are producing assessment services for workloads that belong in the cloud, Sungard AS has introduced an assessment service for enterprise that measures the resilience of vendors and readiness of employees in business continuity planning.
Reducing IT Complexity and Costs while Improving IT Services for Financial Services Firmshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Reducing-IT-Complexity-and-Costs-while-Improving-IT-Services-for-Financial-Services-Firms.aspxReducing IT Complexity and Costs while Improving IT Services for Financial Services FirmsThrough virtualization and cloud computing services, clients are able to use the same hardware to support multiple applications.Financial services firms once handled information technology exclusively in house, many are now looking to comprehensive strategic service providers for assistance in managing their data centers and production environments. Many firms are finding that this IT model reduces complexity and costs while improving performance and availability through outsourcing. It further enhances a firm's ability to strategically transform its IT infrastructure by integrating business applications, enhancing security, addressing compliance, and meeting critical disaster recovery requirements. This white paper details the services that address the concerns of financial services firms and proposes criteria for use in identifying a service provider.
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 OrganizationsMany midsize organizations simply cannot afford to employ a person who is as adept and experienced in BC/DR Planning as they actually need.Midsize 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.
Recovery as a Service Comes of Agehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Recovery-as-a-Service-Comes-of-Age.aspxRecovery as a Service Comes of AgeRaaS service features a failover of a production application environment in an enterprise data center to a managed service provider’s cloud environment.Increased comfort with cloud security. Avoidance of capital expenditures. Outsourced management. Pay-as-you-grow pricing. These and other features and benefits, combined with mounting concerns over maintaining business continuity in the event of disasters, are behind the growing adoption of recovery as a service (RaaS). This cloud-based approach offers service packages tailored to different levels of data and application criticality within organizations. Costs are based on speed of recovery and the restoration point for individual applications.
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 ResiliencyWe are seeing a new direction in business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR): putting people at the center to ensure resiliency.Don'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.
Nine Steps to Prepare for a Pandemichttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Nine-Steps-to-Prepare-for-a-Pandemic.aspxNine Steps to Prepare for a PandemicPreparing for a serious situation such as a pandemic requires foresight and a disaster recovery planThe pre-pandemic phase is a little bit like a hurricane – you still have some time to prepare, but there is a sense of urgency as the WHO levels are increased. Determine first who within your organization will make critical decisions in the face of a pandemic impacting your operations, and work with any corporate pandemic leaders or crisis management structure. Then understand your vulnerabilities looking at systems and data to some extent – but particularly at process and people.
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 ResilienceHow frequently does the crisis communication team meet with the BCM team to address crisis communication within BC planning?The world is changing by the minute, both your organization and external forces. It’s time for a different approach.
Meeting the Demands of Healthcare Reformhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Meeting-the-Demands-of-Healthcare-Reform.aspxMeeting the Demands of Healthcare ReformSungard AS Consulting and Managed Colocation Services enable CIOs in healthcare organizations to successfully meet their most stringent requirements.By encouraging the development of HIT standards, healthcare reform is enabling healthcare organizations to more easily adopt technology. By providing incentives for higher quality and more coordinated care and extending privacy requirements, healthcare reform is encouraging hospitals to consolidate to pool their resources to more easily meet new requirements. Such consolidation, in turn, drives the need for healthcare organizations to simplify and standardize their IT infrastructure. Healthcare reform is also encouraging the development of health information exchanges.
Managing Recoveryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Managing-Recovery.aspxManaging RecoveryDue to a lack of budget and time, the change management process essential for a successful recovery gets neglected.Most 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.
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 BothThe top pressure driving businesses to adopt a Disaster Recovery plan was risk of business interruption and the high cost of downtime.Business 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.
Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availabilityhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Lack-of-Operational-Resilience-Will-Undermine-Enterprise-Competitiveness-A-Strategy-for-Availability.aspxLack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for AvailabilityThe key to success is building availability processes for operational resilience that align the priorities and objectives of line-of-business executives.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.
IT Disaster Recovery Best Practices & Lessons from Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/IT-Disaster-Recovery-Best-Practices-Lessons-from-Hurricane-Sandy.aspxIT Disaster Recovery Best Practices & Lessons from Hurricane SandySungard AS deployed nearly one-third of its staff, 5 mobile recovery units, 9 workgroup facilities, and 1,500 workgroup seats for our customers’ employees.In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States with devastating impact, causing an estimated $65.6 billion in losses due to damage and business interruption. Here at Sungard AS, we received 342 alerts and 117 disaster declarations due to Hurricane Sandy alone.​
Keys to Pandemic Preparednesshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Keys-to-Pandemic-Preparedness.aspxKeys to Pandemic PreparednessWhite paper detailing Pandemic Response Planning, Enterprise Availability Program Review for Pandemics, and Incident Management Exercises provided by Sungard ASA pandemic widespread disease on global proportions is a frightening thought. In the case of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the very real potential for a pandemic can be understood when we recognize that today, there is no known antiviral treatment for this strain of virus, and over the past few years, the mortality rate for people who are infected is over 50 percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) has tracked 499 known cases of the H5N1 virus globally, and 295 deaths have been reported as of early June 2010.
ISO 22301: A Framework for Business Process Definitionhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/ISO-22301-A-Framework-for-Business-Process-Definition.aspxISO 22301: A Framework for Business Process DefinitionISO 22301 builds on this foundation, along with commentary from the international community and the business continuity practices found in other standards.In May 2012, the International Standards Organization (ISO) published the long-awaited. ISO 22301 which utilizes as a foundation BS 259992 a standard which has already garnered broad acceptance outside the UK. This paper outlines how this new standard “Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements” offers a robust framework for individual organizations to build their own Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS).
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 cloud infrastructure that is housed in a single data center has the potential to be the victim of either natural or man-made disasters.A 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.

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