Disaster preparedness critical for all organizations

Disaster preparedness critical for all organizations

February 21

The need for effective disaster recovery solutions has perhaps never been greater, as organizations of all sizes and industries must protect their data from devastating disruptions. The town of Scott, Louisiana, may have just over 8,000 residents, but the local government knows the importance of protecting its mission-critical information from harm.

According to a recent Emergency Management report by Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison, the town’s City Hall has its own backup generator to ensure it receives power following a disaster.

Rather than risk losing its critical data during these potential incidents, the town also implemented a cloud backup solution to keep its files safe and accessible during disruptions. Morrison explained that workers can now gain access to documents using their mobile devices.

Although the town of Scott has not experienced a major disaster recently, it is clearly better to be safe than sorry. Cloud computing is an affordable disaster recovery solution that can meet the requirements of all types of organizations to minimize downtime and keep employees productive.

Focus less on disasters with cloud backup
Organizations on the fence about whether or not to adopt cloud computing for their disaster recovery needs should consider the other benefits of implementing hosted environments. In an interview with TechTarget, Forrester Research Senior Analyst Rachel Dines noted that firms leveraging the cloud do not have to encrypt their information, and their files can be accessed quicker than with other methods following a disaster.

One of the main reasons why organizations end up adopting the cloud is because these firms no longer have to manage every aspect of their IT infrastructure. According to Dines, this is another clear benefit of cloud backup.

“The other thing is, in a cloud backup world, usually you have a provider that’s actually managing the process of running the backups, scheduling the backups, making sure that everything is completing properly, error checking, things like that,” Dines told TechTarget. “So a lot of the burden of the day-to-day task of managing the backups in the cloud world is offset from an end user.”

Disaster recovery has been given new meaning following the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, which impacted the East Coast in late 2012. Organizations looking for solutions to improve their disaster preparedness should strongly consider the benefits of cloud backup to protect their mission-critical data and applications.

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