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Informational Update For October 18, 2012

Postcard from the (Leading) Edge: Business Continuity in the Age of Cloud

Join us Thursday, November 1, 2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

In today's 24x7 world, companies have found data back-ups are simply not enough. This is because the potential impact of IT outages is now greater than ever. In a recent study, IDC found over 60 percent of executives believed downtime has had a significant impact on their business performance in the last 12 months.

While the cost of downtime ranges widely. On the high end, lost revenue for a brokerage is between $6-7M per hour while outage for retail services are estimated at between 70-100K per hour. In either case the point is clear – even a few hours of downtime in business critical applications has a meaningful impact on a company's revenue growth and profitability.

Yet IT professionals today, tasked with improving disaster recovery preparedness, face significant challenges. With flat budgets, higher levels of complexity, increasingly more applications to protect and shorter recovery windows, yesterday's technologies and practices aren't going to cut it anymore.

In this webinar, you can learn about how organizations are solving these problems by leveraging advanced technologies, new services like cloud, and embracing process improvements. Insight and real world experience combine to provide an informative and practical webinar presentation. .

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Disaster Recovery as a Service Becomes a Reality for Mid-sized Businesses

By Alex Foster, Product Manager, Windstream

It is not uncommon to think that mid-sized businesses are left in the dust when it comes to having access to the latest and greatest technologies and services. But that is an outdated belief, and a harmful stereotype that doesn’t do much to encourage technology advancements in businesses outside of the enterprise.

Budgets may be miniscule compared to those of larger organizations, but as technologies advance and become more accessible, the cost of implementation decreases. Case in point: look at VoIP phones, mobile devices, Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, and other advanced computer hardware that levels the playing field between small shops and the big boys. Now, thanks to the acceptance and consumerization of cloud computing among the masses, you can add Disaster Recovery (DR) to this growing list.

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Forrester/DRJ Survey
The purpose of this survey is to understand the role risk management and crisis communication play in business continuity and disaster recovery as well as how BC/DR professionals interact with these other functions in their organization.


DR and Crisis Management

Posted by: Dr Tom Phelan

Recently, DR/BCP professionals have sent me inquiries about how to handle crisis management or crisis communication, especially during a DR event. DR/BCP professionals may be highly involved in managing a data or system recovery and unable to devote attention to managing the entire crisis that may result. They need crisis management professionals on their team.


Windstream's Position on Security Compliance

Since Windstream's role is central to customer network security, we as an ISP and Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) must be "ahead of the curve" to maintain our position within the confines of the popular compliance standards because the overwhelming buying triggers for our services surround these standards.

How to Sell Backup to Your CFO

Learn how to get beyond the insurance metaphor to create a value proposition for data protection. In this document we're first going to explore the use of the insurance metaphor in terms of its most fundamental element: the broad consequences of data loss. We'll also discuss industry and regulatory consequences of data loss.