Is Cloud the Right Technology To Use for Disaster Recovery?

By Kevin Vogl, VP Virtualization & Cloud

One of the hottest topics with our clients is how to use the Cloud and what solutions best fit the Cloud model. Two of them are Backup and DR. And the reasons are clear. The top reason being you pay for what you are using, only while you’re using it.

Many have a strategy to use the Cloud based on the platform they are running in their traditional data center. For instance, Virtualization. Quite a few have started with their virtualized platform and backed it up into a cloud environment. One of the added benefits is taking those backups and running them in that cloud environment as a recovery point for their production environment. Sounds like DR, doesn’t it?

One of our partners, Carbonite, offers a solution that lets you seamlessly backup or replicate business data to the cloud, and together we identified these five reasons organizations are turning to the cloud for offsite data protection:

1. With cloud-based data protection, a current copy of your data is always safely outside of the disaster zone. Your data stays high and dry, no matter what’s happening back at the office.

2. With Champion / Carbonite solutions, you’ll always have a team of disaster recovery experts to lean on—experts who can help restore your critical IT systems from the cloud, while you and your staff focus on restoring order onsite.

3. If a disaster threatens your office or data center, you can keep things running by shifting key services to the cloud for as long as needed.

4. Even if a disaster prevents you from returning to your office, you’ll still have access to critical systems, applications and data stored in the cloud.

5. Faster, cheaper, better: Cloud technology enables vastly more efficient and secure data transfers and storage, plus disk-to-disk remote recovery. No hefty upfront infrastructure costs. No more worrying if your backup tapes will get there in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Contact Champion today if you need assistance with your Disaster Recovery strategy – 800-771-7000 or submit our contact us form.


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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.