The hurricane’s passed, but the Threats Remain

Maybe it only seems that nature is becoming more violent. But CFOs still need to mitigate the business risks of natural disasters with robust disaster-recovery strategies, and the cloud — sensibly leveraged — may offer a scalable, cost-effective way to do just that.

Hurricane Sandy was an awful, albeit salutary, reminder of the importance of effective IT disaster recovery and business-continuity planning.  Whether or not you think the climate scientists are right, Mother Earth is indisputably volatile and unpredictable. Exceptional events do and will continue to occur.  As a CFO accountable for enterprise risk, how do you make the best use of cloud computing for risk mitigation?

To date, much of the focus on cloud computing has emphasized the rigors of managing the shift of your systems and infrastructure from the (seemingly) safe harbor of on-premise servers to the (presumably) choppy waters of the hosted cloud.  There are a wide range of factors that make this “lift and shift” no trivial task, even without disasters.

But when disasters do come, you’d better be prepared.

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