Cloud is key to recovery

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com

Added 12 July 2015

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Audience members listening to a presentation at the summit. (Pictures by Nigel Browne)

BUSINESSES THAT WANT to remain relevant have to use cloud services and this is especially important when it comes to disaster recovery services that help ensure business continuity.

This was one of the main points made last week by Joshua Geist, president and chief executive officer of United States-based company Geminare, which offers cloud-based disaster recovery services.

He was speaking at a technological summit Cable & Wireless (C&W) Business Solutions/Columbus Business Solutions held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Geist said rather than having to worry about what would happen to important information and information technology infrastructure located on their various premises if there was a disaster, companies could attain peace of mind and the security they needed using cloud services.

There was significant international demand for this network of services located online, he said, especially in the area of data recovery.

In fact, said Geist, there were 60 per cent growth rates for disaster recovery cloud services. 

Jaggernauth Dass (left) and Joshua Geist. 

c-w-cloud-1Meanwhile, C&W Business vice-president of business and government sales, Barbados, Jaggernauth Dass, said the company was ready and able to offer clients disaster recovery as a service, noting that using cloud services generally, but especially in the area of disaster recovery, offered reduced costs, risks and increased operational efficiency.

“We do have some very high profile clients in Barbados already on the cloud,” he said.

Dass also disclosed that thanks to the company’s services, and via a partnership with the Caribbean Examinations Council, students were recently able to take some of their exams online.

“We just enabled CXC to allow students to go online and they were actually able to do some of their exams online like a testing centre and that was managed and handled by CWC/Columbus hosted on our data centres in Curacao.”

It has worked, they have been tested, and we are happy to come and do the same thing for everyone,” Dass said. (SC)

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