The Cloud-Enabled Next Practice

By Chris Pyle  |  Posted 2010-07-20 Print this article Print

The cloud-enabled next practice

A lot of companies today don't have good disaster recovery mechanisms in place, especially SMBs. Those that do can easily find themselves spending millions to maintain a spare set of duplicate equipment they're not actively using in production.

The cloud model represents a paradigm shift for business continuity; more than a best practice, it's actually more of a "next practice." It's a new way of approaching the problem that provides a superior, yet much simpler, strategy for solving it.

A cloud-based disaster recovery and business continuity solution is a good fit for any business with a low tolerance for downtime and data loss. Your local pool service or florist shop might be able to conduct business for as long as week (or more) without their computer systems. But most SMBs and larger businesses today are transaction-driven, data-intensive and time-sensitive operations. Many businesses and critical service providers such as hospitals cannot ever be down (or if they can, not for more than 30 seconds) and they can't tolerate data loss longer than two or three minutes.

Chris Pyle is President and CEO at Champion Solutions Group. Chris began his career with Champion Solutions Group in the trenches as a sales rep in 1986. Over the years, Chris has become the driving force behind the organization's development of key strategic alliances. While Chris is actively engaged in the strategic direction of Champion Solutions Group, he also makes time to serve on several advisory councils for technology companies and some of the major technology manufacturers. Chris is also an active member of Vistage International, the world's foremost chief executive leadership organization, providing guidance and leadership to other executives and managers. Over the past 25 years, Chris has worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career but those of his employees. In addition to leading Champion Solutions Group, Chris can also be found sitting with the sales teams, cold calling and coaching. He can be reached at

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