If a major power outage, hurricane, flood, fire or security breach occurred, how long would your organization be out of commission? Would it take minutes, hours, days or weeks to recover? How much money would be lost? How much would your company’s reputation suffer? The ability of an organization to recover company data and applications and continue business operations with minimal disruption is absolutely essential.

Increasing technology investments and an reliance upon real-time communications and data have led many organizations to rethink their disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. Faced with the need to minimize the impact of disaster while simultaneously reducing costs, more and more organizations are finding that the best solutions reside in the cloud. In fact, a report from Infiniti Research estimates that the global market for cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions will grow approximately 43 percent annually, driven largely by the need for improved disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

IaaS is a model that enables an organization to leverage a third-party service provider’s technology, including storage, servers and networking infrastructure. The provider is responsible for managing, updating, maintaining and securing this infrastructure. Business applications, operating systems and other tools can be controlled by the organization’s IT department, typically through an online management console.

The first and most obvious benefit of IaaS is that it significantly reduces capital investments in hardware and the operational costs associated with ongoing maintenance and management. Organizations pay for what they need and can automatically scale resources up or down according to business requirements. Rather than investing in IT resources that may only be required periodically, workloads can be transferred to the cloud during peak periods.

From the perspective of disaster recovery and business continuity, IaaS provides redundancy that removes the risk of having a single point of failure. Instead of spending days waiting for the data center to get back up and running, the service provider simply shifts IT resources to remote infrastructure, which can be accessed through any secure Internet connection. IaaS ensures a reliable IT environment with little or no disruption to business operations. Security, traditionally a top concern for organizations considering cloud deployments, is typically more robust when using the IaaS model.

IPC can help organizations gain these benefits through AT&T’s Synaptic Compute-as-a-Service. AT&T’s IaaS solution offers on-demand virtual machines and associated networking resources in a self-service, pay-as-you-go model. Customers can choose from a variety of operating system images as well as flexible sizing options for processing power, memory and storage.

Let us show you how the power, flexibility and cost-efficiency of IaaS can enhance your disaster recovery and business continuity strategies.