We’re heading off to ExCel London today for Cloud Expo Europe to catch up with our customers and partners, and to take part in discussions exploring key technology and business advancements driving cloud adoption across Europe. We’re seeing more and more enterprises take the plunge and move some, or even all, of their infrastructure to the cloud to maximise scalability and minimise CAPEX, but some are hesitant to trust the cloud with mission-critical data due to concerns about availability, performance and security. That is why one of the hot topics at Cloud Expo is set to be cloud disaster recovery (DR) and back-up. The foundation of any high-quality cloud solution is a sound infrastructure, and any cloud implementation should be accompanied by a watertight business continuity strategy. If your applications, infrastructure and data are distributed across a network, the security of your connectivity and the servers on which your virtual environments reside is vital. Our vCloud offering is built on our pan-European network and 20 state-of-the-art data centres that are designed to make it through any kind of disaster. To boost data integrity and ensure peace of mind for our customers, we’ve developed Colt vCloud Replication Service. Built into all our vClouds in Europe, it offers replication near-synchronously from your onsite environment to the Colt vCloud Environment or between two Colt vCloud environments. This ensures that, if the worst was to happen, your critical infrastructure can be back up and running in minutes with minimal data loss. You can use our vCloud service for back-up too. When you are in a failover state and your production workloads are running in Colt vCloud, you can configure the vCloud Backup service to offer you “in-failover” protection of your workloads. Our enterprise customers value our geo-localisation approach, which means that you are always in 100% control of your own data. To ensure ease of configuration and orchestration, our vCloud services come with a portal that enables you choose the location(s) of the backups, what is replicated and backed up, and the retention policy. The portal also allows you to vary the protection you have across your organisation to reflect the importance of individual systems, applications and data.The biggest benefits of cloud computing are flexibility and cost-effectiveness, and our vCloud DR and back-up services are no different. By enabling our customers to tap into the services on a pay-as- you-consume rather than a fixed fee, we are able to reduce the total cost of ownership that managing a separate DR and back-up service represents. Come and see us in the EMC partner village at Cloud Expo Europe to learn more about how our vCloud services can revolutionise the economics of DR and back-up, helping to lower the barriers for enterprises to make the most of cloud computing.