Instead of hoping that the next major disaster will pass them by, businesses can prepare for disruptions with cloud computing, which allows firms to migrate data to hosted environments, keeping information safe and accessible at all times. A recent Arkansas Business report by Jaclyn Mispagel detailed the advantages of cloud-based recovery, explaining that companies no longer have to spend exorbitant amounts of money on tapes and transporting media to secondary locations.
One of the most helpful aspects of cloud computing is that businesses can back up data in multiple locations throughout different regions, keeping information accessible regardless of location, Mispagel explained. This capability will come in handy should a company experience a debilitating disruption, allowing employees to access work-related documents through mobile devices.
Organizations that have already adopted cloud-based disaster recovery should ensure these solutions are tested annually to ensure further effectiveness, Mispagel suggested. Some businesses test hosted environments only to discover that some information cannot be recovered or is corrupt.
Mispagel concluded that all businesses need to protect their data, and the cloud is a viable option to support this requirement. In addition to keeping information safe from harm, the technology is also affordable, thanks to its pay-as-you-go service model.
Need for faster recovery fueling global RaaS market
It appears that more companies worldwide are realizing the benefits of adopting cloud computing to protect themselves during disruptions, fueling the Recovery-as-a-Service landscape as a result. A recent report by MarketsandMarkets forecast the global RaaS market to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 55 percent between 2013 and 2018, increasing from roughly $641 million to nearly $5.8 billion.
Companies located in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region are expected to be responsible for much of RaaS’s future growth, the report said.
MarketsandMarkets added that RaaS is becoming a more popular storage and backup solution for firms looking for ways to recover mission-critical assets more quickly. RaaS achieves this thanks to its automation functionality.
Any company that wants to focus more on itself than backing up data should consider the benefits of cloud computing and its automation capabilities. Technology vendors handle much of the maintenance associated with hosted environments, including the actual backup process, freeing up internal resources and meaning that employees no longer have to perform tedious manual backups.