Companies must be ready for the next disaster

Companies must be ready for the next disaster

March 9

Natural and man-made disasters can happen at any time, making it imperative that businesses have effective recovery solutions available during such incidents. A recent CloudTweaks report indicated that organizations cannot afford to have their websites, mission-critical applications and data offline for extended periods of time.

The report noted that many businesses, including The Huffington Post, Gawker and Gizmodo, among hundreds of others, experienced downtime during Hurricane Sandy, which struck in late 2012. Instead of facing similar problems down the road, firms should take disaster recovery more seriously.

Instead of relying on on-site backups, organizations should consider the advantages of cloud computing for disaster recovery. The cloud allows companies to migrate their mission-critical data and applications to hosted environments. This not only keeps those assets safe from on-premise disruptions, but keeps them accessible following such events.

CloudTweaks added that natural and other disasters happen on a daily basis, making it highly plausible that firms will experience a disruption at some point. Instead of closing up shop for hours, days or longer, companies can get back to business with cloud computing.

Companies of all sizes will embrace cloud backup in 2013
Cloud backup may not be the oldest technology when it comes to disaster recovery, but it is possibly the most effective. In an interview with Industry Perspective, Bill Hobbib, marketing vice president at a backup service provider, indicated that businesses of all sizes are likely to adopt cloud computing for their recovery needs this year.

“SMBs will find cloud providers to be a good answer for their end-to-end backup needs, even as a primary backup target,” Hobbib told Industry Perspective. “Mid-market and enterprise businesses will have their primary backups onsite and will turn to the cloud for some disaster-recovery purposes.”

Organizations that want an affordable and effective recovery solution should look no further than the cloud. The technology is backed by a subscription-based pricing model, meaning that firms only pay for the services they actually use, rather than purchasing on-site infrastructure that requires an upfront capital investment. Companies that exceed their current online storage capacity can add more as they see fit. Businesses may lack the foresight to determine when the next major disruption will take place, but they can at least ensure their data and applications are safe when one does strike with cloud-based environments.