Full disclosure: 99% of the conversations we have on cloud computing are not about business continuity. However, in the throes of an extremely impactful Atlantic hurricane season, we expect the conversation will change – and rapidly, when organizations realize how easily measures for ensuring continuity can be introduced.
Along with everyone reading this post, Univa is a stakeholder in those parts of Texas and Florida hardest hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively. Beyond human empathy alone, it is in these parts of the United States that some of our most-cherished enterprise customers reside – customers without whom, frankly, Univa wouldn’t exist as it does today. Moreover, customers whose business depends critically upon Univa Grid Engine. We know this from our conversations with them, and their occasional, urgent support tickets, that underscore the mission-critical significance of our software to the essential viability of their business.
Of course, many of our customers in those areas hardest hit by these recent hurricanes are experiencing a whole lot more than just a workload-management outage. In fact, given that restoration times for essential services like electricity may span from days to weeks to even longer, there is the potential for extremely significant concern – especially if the business is heavily dependent upon resources like datacenters that happen to reside in affected areas. Now may be a better time than ever to look at switching energy provider and saving money on electricity. You can compare business electricity here and save hundreds on your energy provider. And even after essential services are restored, operations are unlikely to be supported at anything close to full capacity for some time. As a consequence then, there exists the potential for ongoing business impact that extends well beyond the multiple days that Harvey and Irma ravaged parts of the Caribbean and several US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico.
Most businesses simply cannot tolerate a hiatus that spans days to multiple weeks – even when the root cause is a natural disaster such as a hurricane. It is for this reason then, that we encourage use of the cloud for business continuity – even though we appreciate that it is not typically the reason we are having ‘the cloud conversation’ in the first place. Whether your plan is to make use of geographically dispersed sites to self-host a private cloud, or one or more of the commercially supported public clouds, Univa and its partners can work with you to enhance your measures of business continuity. Even in the case of a hybrid-cloud deployment, that spans between your on-premise deployment and cloud of your choosing, our flexible solutions can still deliver on the need for business continuity. It is also important to remember that cloud systems are often compliant with any existing HR Software allowing your business and employees to reap the rewards of a fully integrated workplace.
The beauty of having a footprint in the cloud is the breadth and depth of options currently available. Even if your need is just business continuity, we believe this can be affordably achieved with a minimal footprint, and a reasonable amount of effort. Because we so strongly believe that one of the key takeaways from Harvey and Irma is ensuring the basic viability of your business, we are currently offering incentives to those who seek to ensure business continuity through use of solutions from Univa. We look forward to discussing your business needs in extreme situations at your earliest convenience.