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An Interview with Lee Exall, Capital Continuity CEO and Founder: ‘We Will Continue to Innovate and Deliver Resiliency in the Modern Cyber World’

Businesses around the world are in the midst of an unprecedented digital transformation, empowering them to collaborate and conduct business like never before. Led by cloud, big data, and an expanding social universe – highly agile data clouds are now the foundation upon which new revenue, cost efficiencies and great customer service are built. But enterprises must act quickly and align their infrastructures to capitalize on this emerging opportunity. In order to facilitate and protect these new infrastructures a new breed of Cloud Service Provider (CSP) – a speciality partner with the technology and track-record to deliver a resilient hybrid cloud infrastructure.

In view of the above-mentioned scenario, we’re thrilled to present Capital Continuity.

The company provides Business Interruption Protection software (BIPs) which they claim is the world’s leading hybrid Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) technology

Capital Continuity was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in London, UK.

Lee Exall, Capital Continuity CEO/Founder, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review. Below is an excerpt.

TSR: Why was the company set up? And how did you expand your company and its offerings over the years?

LE: Capital Continuity and BIPs was born from the clear indicators that data was growing in an untapped manner but the technologies and services to protect and recover the data explosion were not keeping pace. As data now runs nearly every part of our daily lives in an always-on world, people’s tolerance and acceptance of it not being available is near-zero.

As cloud computing especially, hybrid clouds are dominating digital transformations, BIPs enables businesses to protect their legacy and cloud environments with a single unified solution which also empowers service providers to deliver the leading hybrid Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service offering which has culminated in our growth over the years.

TSR: What kind of responses have you received from your consumers over the years? How have they motivated you to shape your offerings/grow the company?

LE: Since day one our philosophy for delivering IT resiliency is that any solution should not degrade or intrude on the customers’ core business activities. Our customers operate in every industry such as Aviation, Finance, Healthcare, Media, Insurance, Technology etc. – and their IT environments are the lifeline of their business activities. Our BIPs technology protects their data and workloads every millisecond of the day; their businesses are resilient, protected and recoverable from all types of modern-day incidents and threats. This philosophy has ensured that our BIPs software designs are focused away from the active environment and our customers understand the benefits and values this approach delivers.

TSR: What factors make your company a leader in IT resiliency?

LE: BIPs provides protection of legacy environments and modern cloud workloads with the freedom to switch cloud providers, compute, hypervisor and storage technologies.

Over the past 10 years the IT industry has been evolving from legacy data silo’s, physical compute, spinning storage, low capacity networking, old-school applications and databases to the new era of these technologies – and the pace is only becoming quicker. While most of these technologies are groundbreaking not every business needs to adopt them lock-stock for the pure sake of cloud modernization. Organizations have businesses to operate and grow while undertaking their cloud transformations, which can be daunting. BIPs can deliver and complement their resiliency and transition objectives during and beyond modernisation.

TSR: Do you have any new products ready to be launched?

LE: Yes, we’ve just released BIPs version 3.0 and its feedback already from our global partners is extremely positive. We’ve continued with our solution design philosophy but have reengineered certain elements to make it highly scalable beyond the largest enterprises with significant performance improvements. We’ve also extended our data retention policies and API integration to carter for instant recoveries from cyber attacks. One other major aspect we are addressing is the ability to ‘prove’ resiliency readiness frequently.

Recent media headlines have detailed many high profile outages where resiliency solutions or services have let them down when they’ve been needed most. These situations are mostly avoidable by having the right solution and having the ability to test and prove its capabilities frequently. Unfortunately, while protecting your data and workloads does offer value the real value is returned when in a business impacting incident that data can be made instantly available for business operations. While most technologies struggle with testing environments due to 1:1 relationships, uncaptured change control, storage cloning, recovery speeds, breaking out of virtual application environments BIPs delivers on-demand instant test recoveries of any capacity workload in a few seconds. To complement this BIPs3 will also deliver fully orchestrated resiliency readiness reports where testing recoverability will produce a resiliency report based on the workload and it’s application genetic data which BIPs is constantly aware of. This unique capability will enable our customers and partners to prove resiliency on a daily basis which is of significant value compared to their current infrequent regimes.

TSR: As a question on sustainability, where do you see your company a couple of years from now?

LE: There’s no doubt that IT resiliency and availability will continue to be a top priority for businesses, Capital Continuity will continue to innovate and deliver resiliency in the modern cyber world.

Ultimately, I see resiliency services will provide additional value as inbuilt cloud enablement as businesses will move their data and IT environments more over the next 5 years than they have over the previous 50 years. Once these transitions have happened then onward protection is required which can also enable their next move. Capital Continuity will be here continuing to provide our customers with daily business value from BIPs but to also keep them, resilient, available and out of the headlines.

Lee Exall: A Brief Background

In the IT resiliency space, Lee Exall has been involved in the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity since the mid-1990’s. Over this time, his experiences, depth of technical knowledge and commercial awareness have been translated to many market-leading innovations which global businesses and service providers have adopted for their evolving IT resiliency needs.

Posted: 1/14/2019 11:34:34 AM

TEAM EXPANSION

Capital Continuity welcomes the latest members to its team to continue the company's expansion and accelerate its next generation technology.

Posted: 11/23/2016 12:41:11 PM

ARE BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY STILL ON YOUR TO-DO LIST?

It’s the final quarter of 2016 and this period of the year is always the busiest time for the business continuity and disaster recovery sector, but why is this?

I suspect that the main reason is that business continuity and disaster recovery – let’s call it BC/DR since they are often managed hand in hand – is one of those projects which unfortunately slips down the list in many organisations due to other core business priorities taking precedent. BC/DR management can be a bit of a grudge activity, especially when it is a role that is performed in addition to someone’s main job; and it is easy to let it slide when there are many other competing objectives. This situation may continue through the year until we reach the final quarter and realise that BC/DR is still there on our to-do list.

While the above situation is understandable, is protecting the critical systems which run your business really a back-burner project?

I’m passionate about businesses staying available and thriving and I certainly don’t believe in scare mongering and proclaiming that doomsday is just around the corner; it’s clear that in any business BC/DR can’t be the only focus, but… just for a few seconds, imagine your business today operating without some or all of its data or critical IT systems being available. How long would it be before your staff or customers experience challenges? How would you explain to your superiors that the reason that your business continuity and disaster recovery plans didn’t work properly was because a review of the procedures - or, worse, the whole BC/DR project - is still on your to-do list?

Finger snap… and you’re back in the room!

Whether your IT systems are on-premise or cloud-based, they all require a solution to ensure they are continually available to enable optimal business activity.

So, as the festive season draws closer please check your business protection and recoverability is in good shape; and, if you still need any encouragement to do so, please seriously consider moving your BC/DR project to the top of your list.

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Lee Exall - Capital Continuity

Posted: 11/23/2016 11:30:33 AM

RANSOMWARE PREVENTION & PROTECTION?

Following Friday’s incidents and what could turn out to be the largest ransomware attack to date, we all have questions to ask ourselves and those who deliver our IT systems. Can these attacks be prevented or, at very least, protected against? This is top of mind for many. Although, we would all prefer these situations to never occur, it seems it’s a trend that is only gathering pace.

Prevention

In a perfect world, we would be in total control of our IT systems and data; but encapsulation is not an option. To live and operate in today’s world the Internet is a must; and that means we must connect to the outside world. Securing our network connections is the first line of defence for our governments, businesses and personal technology devices: but if man makes it, man breaks it!

Hackers Criminals will most probably be ahead of the defences that we employ to protect us from malicious harm from the outside world. Therefore, protection is our second line of defence; not our primary method. As George Washington wrote in 1799: “…make them believe, that offensive operations, often times, is the surest, if not the only (in some cases) means of defence”. Put simply: the best defense is a good offense. I think this translates to ‘don’t pay the ransom’.

Protection

 To protect ourselves against ransomware attacks we must have a means of recovery. Now, if you are a prudent home user and perform regular backups, restoring your documents and photos is not too onerous. For businesses this is not normally as straight forward. Today we generate and keep more data than ever and we put our IT systems on the outside of the business to interact with our customers and staff: so, in a cyber-attack and needing to revert to our backups, we don’t know what data will be lost, let alone how long it will take to be recovered and the organisation back to business as usual. Traditional nightly backups mean that if we suffer an attack we must accept that we will lose all data created between the attack and our last backup; but, also, we must wait many hours or days to restore our information and systems. And only then will be able to discover what data we sacrificed; information that may never be retrieved.

At Capital Continuity we offer an alternative with BIPS, our world leading Disaster Recovery as a Service technology. While cyber attacks can cripple any organisation’s IT infrastructure, the cost to offer protection against them is not a king’s ransom.

From £99 per system per month

 

Lee Exall - CEO - Capital Continuity

Posted: 5/5/2017 11:18:08 AM

CIO REVIEW MAGAZINE: CDN SPECIAL

Posted: 8/11/2015 9:09:28 AM

BEYOND CATASTROPHE: DISASTER RECOVERY'S EVOLUTION INTO MANAGED AVAILABILITY SERVICES

Posted: 5/8/2015 8:50:31 AM

COOL VENDORS IN BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT AND IT DISASTER RECOVERY MANAGEMENT, 2015

*Gartner, Inc., Cool Vendors in Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management, 2015, Roberta J. Witty, John P Morency, Dave Russell, 26 March 2015. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Posted: 3/30/2015 9:40:32 AM

PROTECT CUSTOMER DATA, REPUTATION WITH CROSS-CLOUD MIGRATION

Posted: 4/15/2015 8:50:25 AM

CAPITAL CONTINUITY BRINGS BIPS TO THE U.S.

Business Week

Posted: 12/19/2014 1:06:45 PM

BIPS COMBINES DRAAS AND MANAGED AVAILABILITY INTO A COMPLETE BUSINESS CONTINUITY SOLUTION

Venture Beat

Posted: 12/19/2014 1:11:57 PM

CAPITAL CONTINUITY ANNOUNCES ITS INTERGRATION INTO RECOVERY POINT SYSTEM'S CLOUD BACKUP AND RECOVERY SOLUTIONS PORTFOLIO

Yahoo Finance

Posted: 12/19/2014 1:14:51 PM

DRAAS MORE THAN RECOVERY: IT'S ABOUT MIGRATION

MSP Today

Posted: 12/19/2014 1:18:11 PM

EXECUTIVE VIEWPOINT PREDICTION:

Capital Continuity - DRaaS Moves Beyond Disaster Recovery to Managed Availability and Data Migration

Posted: 4/15/2015 8:49:21 AM

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