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Cloud Disaster Recovery: The future of DR for Legacy Systems

For years, businesses relied on clunky disaster recovery (DR) methods to protect their crucial data on systems like IBM i. Think of it like having a fire extinguisher stuck in the basement – useful, but not exactly convenient in an emergency.  But the world’s a changin’, and with new threats and the rise of cloud computing, these old-school DR solutions are starting to look like dial-up internet. That’s where modern options like IBM PowerVirtual Server and cloud disaster recovery (DRaaS) come in, offering a smoother, more reliable way to keep your data safe.

Here’s why traditional DR feels like a chore:

  • Costly and Complex: Imagine constantly buying extra hardware, software licenses, and hiring specialists just to maintain a backup system – not exactly budget-friendly or user-friendly. Plus, getting things going again after a disaster can be slow and messy.
  • Limited Growth: Traditional DR can be inflexible. Need more space for your data? Good luck finding the right hardware and fitting it all in. Need less space? You’re stuck with what you’ve got, which can leave you vulnerable during bigger emergencies.
  • Security Concerns: Keeping sensitive data safe on-site requires top-notch security measures and constant vigilance – a whole other headache to manage on top of everything else. 

Enter the Cloud Heroes: PowerVS and DRaaS to the Rescue.


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IBM PowerVS and DRaaS

IBM PowerVS swoops in like a superhero, offering a secure and scalable platform to run your IBM i workloads in the cloud. No more bulky hardware or complex setups – just pay for what you need, when you need it.

DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) is another hero in this story. It takes care of everything in the cloud, from security and compliance to automatic failovers, so you can focus on running your business.

Here’s how these modern solutions save the day:

  • Save Money: Ditch the extra hardware and simplify things with the cloud.
  • Scale Up or Down Easily: Need more space? No problem. Need less? No worries.
  • Enhanced Security: Top cloud providers like Ekco have your back, keeping your data safe and compliant.

Traditional DR is like trying to fight a dragon with a water balloon. (And yes, we do love an analogy.)

Upgrade your defences with IBM PowerVS and DRaaS and keep your data safe and sound, no matter what the future holds.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the challenges of traditional DR solutions?

Traditional DR solutions can be costly and complex to manage, requiring dedicated hardware, software licenses, and skilled IT staff. They can also be inflexible in terms of scaling and may have limitations in security and compliance.

2. What is IBM Power Virtual Server?

IBM Cloud PowerVS is IBM’s Power in the cloud and offers a secure and scalable platform that allows you to run your IBM i workloads in the cloud. This eliminates the need for dedicated DR hardware and simplifies DR setup and maintenance.

3. Can cloud-based DR solutions help reduce costs?

Cloud-based DR eliminates the need for upfront investment in hardware and reduces ongoing maintenance costs. Additionally, you only pay for the resources you use, which can be more cost-effective than traditional DR solutions.

4. How is secure is my data with cloud-based DR?

Leading cloud providers like Ekco implement comprehensive security measures and compliance protocols to protect your data. This can be more robust than the security measures you might have in place on-premise.

5. How quickly can I recover my data and applications with cloud-based DR?

Cloud-based DR solutions typically offer automated failover processes, enabling faster recovery times compared to manual procedures used in traditional DR.

6. Is migrating to the cloud complex for DR?

Migrating to the cloud for DR can be simplified by working with experienced cloud providers who offer migration assistance and expertise. Ekco work with you to assess your specific needs and develop a tailored migration plan that minimises disruption to your business operations.


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