What have we learned from the recent COVID-19 pandemic? We’ve learned the most impactful way to wash our hands and how often we touch our faces, but are we prepared for future unexpected disasters? If you aren’t learning from the global shut-down, you WILL be caught unaware next time – and there are no more excuses for being unprepared.
One company who learned from the SARS crisis was Chinese tech giant, Alibaba. A recent article by Porter Erisman, former VP of Alibaba Group said, “While it would have been easy to be paralyzed by fear and panic, instead, Alibaba not only survived, but thrived during the SARS crisis. Our team emerged stronger and more united than ever. Our revenues accelerated. And we launched a new business - Taobao - which went on to become the most valuable business unit of Alibaba's vast $US400 billion+ e-commerce empire.”
COVID-19 forced billions of businesses shut their doors permanently. The USA based Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that “roughly 40% to 60% of small business never reopen their doors following a disaster.” If you can, take a walk today (practicing social distancing of course), and see how many local businesses are shuttered – perhaps forever. If you are one of the lucky ones, still holding on, instead of focusing on what you should have done – let’s focus on what you can do now to use IT to not only save your business in the wake of disaster, but to thrive.
IT spending is projected to decline by 2.7% according to IDC experts. It’s time to think about where you will get the most for your money.
Regardless of if you want to scale up or scale back – the freedom products like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) gives you is invaluable in the event of a disaster of any proportion. By eliminating the need to upgrade or downgrade hardware, you eliminate high TCO and ensure that you are using and paying for only what you need. By building IT infrastructure with a standardized HCI vendor you realize visible, centralized operation and management via a unified WEB platform, providing an ultra-simplified, on-demand IT framework that evolves with your business. HCI implementation can eliminate IT infrastructure cost, complexity and the need for specialized personnel in remote offices, providing them with effortless operations and flexible scalability.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
If you weren’t sure if you had a disaster recovery plan in place, you are certainly sure now.
Maintaining the same level of business continuity through any disaster will certainly place you a head above the competition. While others apologize for being unable to deliver the same consistent service, you can offer new services, expand your client base and grow your business with HCI. HCI provides a variety of data protection features to ensure data integrity. Snapshot, backup and continuous data protection (CDP) mean data can be protected effortlessly at different levels according to different application requirements. In addition, a simplified disaster recovery solution means total business continuity in all situations.
Sangfor Technologies is an APAC-based, global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Network Security and Cloud Computing. Visit us at www.sangfor.com to learn more about Sangfor’s cloud computing options, and let Sangfor make your IT simpler, more secure and more valuable.