Touted as a panacea for many data management tasks, it seems that the cloud can do no wrong. From reducing storage costs to enhancing data value, cloud solutions hold many possibilities for public sector organizations. One area that’s often overlooked is the value of using the cloud for data backup and recovery. A sensitive area for most organizations, but particularly government agencies, data backup and recovery must be at peak performance during crises like earthquakes and hurricanes. Natural disasters such as those can cripple IT infrastructure because standard backup and recovery solutions can fall short of meeting today’s recovery needs. However, commandeering the cloud as part of a backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity effort mitigates many of the complaints about speed, reliability, and availability that currently frustrate business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) teams.

So why aren’t more government agencies and educational institutions leveraging the cloud as part of their BCDR plans?

Recognizing this as an area of need for public sector organizations GovLoop called on cloud expert, Alan Dare, District Manager of NetApp’s US Public Sector Cloud Team to provide insight for federal, state and local, and educational organizations as they grapple with this issue. With a background in both engineering and solutions planning and a career spent working with civilian and military agencies, Alan is in a unique position to offer advice and help public sector organizations tap into the potential of their cloud deployments. Joining Alan in the webinar is Robert Micielli, Director of Enterprise Technology, King County, WA. He shares with attendees the compelling journey of his own adoption of cloud integrated storage.
During the webinar Alan described how cloud-integrated backup and recovery solutions can help public sector organizations:

  •  Cut data volumes by 90% and reduce transport times by 75%.
  • Shrink recovery times and reduce data loss.
  • Ensure critical data is safe and compliant in the cloud.
  • Mitigate risks related to disaster recovery and vendor lock-in.
  • Cope with large volumes of data and limited bandwidth.

Interested in learning more about the successful strategies for backing up data in the cloud? You can access the on-demand webinar recording here.