The Future Is Bright for Business Resiliency

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A new day has arrived for business resiliency. Traditional business continuity and disaster recovery strategies have evolved. As more businesses adopt hybrid cloud, cognitive computing and advanced analytics to improve customer experience, create smarter supply chains and build efficiencies across enterprise operations, they also face new risks. With business operations and customer engagement relying on interconnected core systems, data and applications, a disruption or IT outage can be catastrophic.

In today’s era of digital disruption, resiliency cannot be considered an insurance plan or afterthought — it’s an essential component for gaining competitive advantage through digital transformation. Your resiliency strategy provides you with the confidence to leverage the cost, agility and other benefits of cloud and hybrid IT environments. It’s a key factor in protecting your organization’s reputation, as it supports reduced service-level agreements and provides reliable, predictable recovery within minutes, if not seconds, of a disruption.

Building a Software-Defined Business Resiliency Framework

Enterprises require a recovery environment that can keep up with the business technology and meet evolving business demands using automation and orchestration. But it doesn’t stop there.

Imagine a resiliency strategy that can predict an outage or provide an alert for an upcoming weather event with precision. IBM has begun the journey to integrate Watson’s cognitive and analytics capabilities into solutions for predictive, pre-emptive resilience and risk management. The foundation of this integration is the new paradigm: software-defined resiliency.

Software-defined resiliency helps organizations achieve better recovery-time and recovery-point objectives at a reduced cost, resulting in a disaster recovery experience that is smarter, more tailored and more agile than ever before.

A software-defined resiliency framework combines consulting methodologies with analytical technologies and discovery tools to create an accurate picture of when business processes must be available and which applications, IT components, data and environments are needed for optimum resiliency.

Resiliency solutions can include a mix of backup, recovery, communications and data center solutions. Consultants and architects who specialize in resiliency can help organizations find the right solutions for their level of risk tolerance, define desired outcomes and devise regimes for testing, governance and compliance.

Turning Complexity Into Opportunity

The rise of cloud and hybrid deployments creates complexities that chief information officers and business leaders must negotiate. Organizations that are risk-aware can turn this complexity into an opportunity to drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage.

Comprehensive business resiliency requires a clear understanding of all potential points of failure across the enterprise and should be driven by business owners who have an in-depth understanding of what’s needed to keep operations running and customers happy. It’s no longer IT on one side and business operations on the other — they need to work together. Resiliency is not simply an IT issue; it’s a business priority.

As organizations continue to adopt and implement advanced cognitive capabilities to expand the functionality and reach of business resiliency technology, they can have more confidence in their resiliency programs and take full advantage of cutting-edge technologies to deliver a best-in-class customer experience.

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Chandra Sekhar Pulamarasetti

Co-Founder & CEO, Sanovi Technologies & VP Cloud Resiliency Orchestration Software and Services, IBM

With more than 20 years of sound business and technology vision and delivery experience with large scale enterprise systems in disaster recovery, storage, server and networking areas, Chandra Sekhar is one of the founders and also the CEO of Sanovi. As founder and CEO, Chandra has been one of the driving forces behind Sanovi’s successful transition from just another start-up to the industry leader in Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) space. In his earlier role as Sanovi’s CTO, Chandra was responsible for the strategy, development and delivery of Sanovi’s unique DR Management Platform. Prior to founding Sanovi, Chandra worked as the Director of SAN Engineering at Sanrise Inc., a leading storage service provider, where he delivered intelligent service-centric storage solutions in the disk, backup, and recovery areas. Chandra holds a BS in Computer Science from India’s premier technology institute, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) at Pilani. He has also co-authored five patents.

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