Automation needed for current disaster preparedness

Automation needed for current disaster preparedness

June 28

Companies looking for ways to improve their disaster recovery capabilities should not rely on manual methods to restore mission-critical data and operations. This approach can create more issues than solutions if employees struggle to locate backup devices in a timely fashion. A recent eWEEK report sponsored by a security vendor suggested that firms should leverage automated backups to avoid complications when responding to disruptions.

Cloud backup is one option available to organizations that want to enhance their disaster preparedness without going over budget. The technology is automated, removing the burden from employees of managing data backups themselves. Hosted environments are also available via the Internet, making it possible for workers to access work-related content through web-capable devices, regardless of location.

Firms that support the cloud can empower a productive workforce regardless of the circumstances. If businesses are forced to close their offices because of damage, employees still have access to mission-critical assets using the cloud.

Businesses that continue to neglect disaster preparedness may find themselves struggling to recover. The eWEEK report indicated that downtime can cost companies millions of dollars and even force firms to close their doors for good.

Majority of organizations leveraging the cloud

As more companies realize the benefits of offloading important tasks to the cloud, those not using the technology in some capacity will likely find themselves in the vast minority. A recent North Bridge Venture Partners and GigaOM Research survey found that three-quarters of respondents are leveraging the cloud, increasing 8 percent from a 2012 study. This level of growth is similar to GigaOM findings which said the global cloud market is projected to reach nearly $159 billion in 2016, increasing 126.5 percent from 2011.

The survey also found that the popularity of the cloud is being fueled by the need to have more effective disaster recovery, business continuity and backup practices.

Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, said the cloud is still a maturing solution as a whole.

“Yet the cloud formations we identified in last year’s survey are clearly on an unstoppable rise. Self-empowered consumers and businesses are taking the lead, and in many instances, regardless of IT,” Skok said.

The eWEEK report asserted that it is not a question of if a disaster will strike, but when. Businesses that realize this and ensure critical assets are protected with technologies like the cloud can be ready for the next major disruption.

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