Cloud computing a safe haven for corporate data

Cloud computing a safe haven for corporate data

May 29

Companies, whether large or small, can experience devastating disasters that not only halt productivity, but damage important data and other valuable assets if they are not protected from such incidents. Firms that lack an effective recovery plan may take even longer to respond to dangerous events compared to those organizations that are ready beforehand.

A recent report by Paula Restrepo highlighted the necessary aspects of a proper disaster recovery plan. Companies should complete a questionnaire or a contingency plan, business impact analysis and dependency analysis checklist when creating such protocols.

Firms cannot overlook the importance these types of checklists. However, the tools used in recovery are also significant. Businesses that insist on storing mission-critical data on tapes, disks or hard drives may experience prolonged periods of downtime if these devices are damaged or destroyed during disasters.

What can companies do to avoid such instances in the future? Cloud backup is a newer technology for recovery purposes. The solution is located off-site and, more importantly, out of harm’s way, allowing employees to access work-related documents through the Internet. Any organization considering boosting its disaster preparedness can benefit greatly from implementing hosted environments into its plans.

One of the most attractive capabilities of cloud computing is the technology’s scalability, allowing companies to add computing power or storage capacity when needed. This flexibility also does not require companies to allocate an upfront capital investment for the solution, instead only paying for services they consume.

As organizations create, manage and store more information than ever, cloud computing will likely play a crucial role in the expanding data center landscape. A survey conducted by Campos Research & Analysis on behalf of Digital Realty found that 98 percent of senior executives plan to extend their companies’ data centers in 2013 or 2014, with more than 60 percent citing private clouds as driving this growth.

“Data center executives face the need for cost optimization as well as the support of important existing and emerging business initiatives,” said Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty. “The strong demand revealed by this survey indicates that senior leaders recognize the importance of data center strategies in meeting these requirements.”

The value of corporate data is not something that companies should overlook at any point. With the expansion of data centers expected to continue moving forward, firms should do all they can to protect information from being damaged or destroyed. Cloud computing is one solution that appears to be up to the challenge.

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