PMI Computer Supplies is now Office Essentials -- Visit our new home page here

Office Supplies and IT Solutions for Business

Call a representative toll-free at 800.798.8229
Or, shop our extensive product catalog online →Or, shop PMI's extensive product catalog online at

Sign up to receive our free email newsletter

Get our best tips, tricks, and rebates to help you get the most from your technology.

HP Toner Rebate 3rd Quarter 2013

HP PurchasEdge

Posted by in the category Disaster Recovery

Looking to the Cloud for Disaster Recovery

With fully managed Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), businesses of all sizes, from small to enterprise, find viable and affordable recovery options.

disaster recovery software is helping protect small businesses

Here on the PMI blog, I have been talking a lot lately about disaster recovery. It is suddenly a big trend in the IT world, in large part because technology is making major strides in affording small and medium-sized businesses the ability to reliably protect their data against threats both inside and outside their buildings.

Note that I said inside their buildings. That is because it’s important to realize that most “disasters” that wipe out important data are not the weather-related type of disaster the term implies. Most data-destroying disasters are, in fact, man-made.

For more posts like this, please see our Disaster Recovery page.

Anyway, you have been hearing me talk about it long enough, so I thought I would take a break and share an interesting commentary I found on the subject called Look to the Cloud for Disaster Protection by Jaclyn Mispagel, who works in the industry for Windstream Corporation.

It’s a good read, and if your business is looking to the cloud for disaster recovery, it’s well worth a read.

Here are a few highlights:

With fully managed Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), businesses of all sizes, from small to enterprise, find viable and affordable recovery options. DRaaS allows businesses to avoid the costs of investing in an off-site building. The cloud permits the use of multiple geographic locations, so data is available wherever and whenever it is needed. For example, businesses all over the East Coast can leverage a data center right here in Little Rock, and vice versa.

Storing data in the cloud relieves IT or other personnel of the burden of physically transporting backups, beginning the disaster recovery process by manually rebuilding servers and loading backup files. Instead, the data and applications are stored and mirrored off-site, and server recovery is managed by the DRaaS service provider. Due to the cloud’s efficiency, businesses are able to recover data in a matter of a few hours, not days.

In addition to the faster recovery times, Ms. Mispagel notes that DRaaS offers other key benefits to organizations. These include:

  • Increased functionality for less cost. There is little to no upfront investment required, and the recurring cost for the service is minimized due to provider-managed oversubscription and economies of scale.

  • Easier, more frequent and less expensive testing. With DRaaS, the bulk of the burden of testing is on the service provider.

  • More flexibility. DRaaS gives businesses the ability to adapt to a changing IT environment and evolving business needs. As the company grows, so does the scale of its DRaaS.

  • Pay-as-you-go options. DRaaS customers pay per protected service, which optimizes disaster recovery spending. Customers can start by protecting a handful of critical servers and grow over time.

It sounds to me like she is describing PMI’s solution from Axcient. It offers all the benefits mentioned here and more. Head over to our Axcient page and see a short video introduction. There is a form on that page, too, if you find you would like to know more about the product.

Tags: ,

About the author:

Greg Bussmann is the marketer and blogger here at PMI Computer Supplies. He would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or email your feedback to him directly.

4 Responses to “Looking to the Cloud for Disaster Recovery”

  1. I know this web site provides quality depending articles and
    extra material, is there any other site which provides these kinds of data in quality?

  2. fantastic post, very informative. I’m wondering why the other specialists of this sector don’t realize this.
    You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  3. Do you think Kanye will make an appearance at Kim K’s baby shower.
    Have the team members feed the applesauce to the blindfolded team member.
    Mysterious unmarked packages filled with good wishes often appear.

  4. Videos Stock says:

    I’ll immediately take hold of your rss as I can not find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

Leave a reply...

Email Newsletter

Sign up to receive our free email newsletter

Every other week, you'll get our best tips, tricks, and rebates to help you get the most from your technology.

PMI’s Recent Tweets

Shop PMI Online

Use the links below to search our ecommerce stores.