Tom Horan


Disasters, including theft, loss of power, system and hardware failure, human error, computer viruses, and natural disasters, can leave your operation out of commission. These disasters can have significant consequences to your business, including loss of valuable data, business interruption, client loss, and expensive recovery (if recovery is even possible). According to IDG research, 77% of CIOs desire to reduce disaster recovery (DR) costs and look to cloud solution providers for additional ease of deployment and management. When downtime costs can add up to $500,000-$1 million per hour, implementing a DR plan should be at the top of your priority list.

Meridian’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for IBM Power Systems is a DR solution that aims to protect businesses from consequential negative events. These solutions are meant to protect your most valuable asset: enterprise data. Technically speaking, an IT “disaster” is an instance when your systems no longer function. DRaaS can be an affordable solution for your IT department, and below is a breakdown of why you should consider DRaaS for your IBM Power Systems.

1. Reduce Costs

In the past, many companies have utilized off-site or in-house disaster recovery systems that were operated internally in case the main site went down. This traditional recovery plan required investments in physical space, servers, storage drives, cooling, and staffing. Today, this method of DR is being replaced with the cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service. DRaaS copies your business-critical applications and data from your IBM Power Systems into the cloud to safeguard from the disruption caused by a disaster. This solution is managed by a third party and can either happen in the private, public, or hybrid cloud. With DRaaS, you only pay for what you are using. If your needs increase over time, the solution can be scaled up or down quickly and efficiently.

2. Secure Data

Meridian’s DRaaS solution will allow you to solidify the protection of your IBM Power Systems and data. Data hosted in your IBM Power Systems is replicated into a third-party host. In the event of a data loss, the end-user access will be transitioned to the third-party hosting environment, known as a failover. Tools and systems are put in place so that if your IT department is unavailable, the failover can still occur. In situations where data is constantly being added or modified, data “snapshots” are taken frequently so all data is captured and protected.

3. Enhance Speed

Disaster Recovery as a Service gives you the ability to recover quickly from an unexpected system interruption. You must have a speedy solution in place that allows for business operations to resume as quickly as possible so you do not lose transactions or customers. Also, the longer it takes to recover from a disaster, the more money is potentially lost. With DRaaS, there is no need to wait weeks or months to be back up and running. Meridian’s DRaaS solution will allow you access to your systems in 4, 24, or 48 hours, guaranteed.

4. Free Up Your Team

An on-premises DR system needs to be managed by your IT department. When a disaster hits, your IT staff will be dedicated to recovering your IBM Power Systems instead of focusing on tasks that provide business value. With a managed cloud solution from Meridian, your team is free to work on value-adding projects and innovation while we implement and manage DRaaS. With the improved reliability from Meridian’s managed cloud services, you no longer have to commit time to ensure your recovery plan is up-to-date and effective.

Unfortunately, disasters are inevitable. Catastrophic data loss and downtime happen regardless if you want or expect them to, and can lead to staggering financial losses. They also can damage your productivity, regulatory compliance, brand awareness and reputation, and, ultimately, bottom line. No business is completely immune from significant negative events, but you can arm your company with an IBM iSeries disaster recovery plan that will minimize the economic impact and data loss of any disaster with guaranteed access and recovery time. Meridian’s Disaster Recovery as a Service secures your business and its data. To speak with a specialist from Meridian, call +1 (888) 684-3644 or email