Lawson Launches Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Service

Lawson Launches Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Service

Back in April 2010, Lawson Software identified Scott County, Minn., as an early user of the company’s cloud services. The county had tapped the cloud for disaster recovery. At the time, Lawson didn’t expect disaster recovery to be the typical cloud use case. But this week Lawson debuted Lawson Disaster Recovery, a cloud service targeting business processes such as payroll, finance, accounts receivable/payable, inventory management and procurement. Here are the details.

Lawson says its new offering is generally available to Lawson S3 customers running Windows environments. Lawson S3, a line of enterprise resource planning applications, focuses on healthcare, retail, public services, and financial services among others areas.

What led Lawson to pursue DR in the cloud? Evidently, Scott County’s experience piqued the interest of other organizations.

Terry Plath, Lawson’s vice president of cloud services, said the company has seen “significant customer interest” in a cloud-based DR solution since Scott County told its story on stage at Lawson’s annual user conference.

“As a result, we have invested in the infrastructure and processes necessary to scale [DR] as a standard cloud offering to our customer base,” he added.

Government Opportunities

DR naturally is a horizontal service, but verticals such as government appear particularly interested in DR as a cloud service. The Federal CIO Council’s May 2010 report on the state of cloud computing cited a couple of states taking DR to the cloud (here's a PDF of the report).

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s Enterprise Applications Division, for example, uses cloud computing to scale its production environment and for DR backups, according to the report. Colorado, the report stated, plans to employ a virtual private cloud for archival storage and disaster recovery.

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