Disaster recovery needs may prompt more firms to embrace cloud

Disaster recovery needs may prompt more firms to embrace cloud

May 25

Cloud computing offers companies of all sizes immense functionality with which to address a number of IT and corporate needs. Some firms have resisted adopting the technology up to this point, but businesses may be prompted to change this stance if they experience what CloudTech report calls cloud “triggers.”

The news source indicated that disasters, especially tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disruptions have been detrimental to companies in recent years, forcing firms to be offline for days, weeks or even months. Some organizations never recover from these devastating incidents, placing greater emphasis on technologies like cloud backup.

The report added that cloud service providers have witnessed an uptick in activity in recent years, as more companies look for solutions to ensure business continuity during future disasters.

Cloud computing may not be the oldest and most established disaster recovery solution available, but it may be the most effective. On-site backups can be damaged or destroyed if they are inside a company’s office during a major disruption, while the cloud is off-site and accessible through the Internet, allowing employees to remain productive regardless of the circumstances.

Cloud computing delivers consistency during disasters
Companies that want hard evidence on why they should focus less on on-site backups in favor of the cloud do not have to look far for results. A survey conducted by TwinStrata found that 80 percent of businesses leveraging hosted environments can recover data in less than 24 hours, while 25 percent indicated that this process is immediate. One in six respondents using on-site backups said they could only retrieve information in more than a week.

TwinStrata explained that cloud computing delivers many advantages during disasters, as well as helping in other areas.

“Organizations require immediate solutions to problems such as rapidly escalating data growth and disaster recovery requirements,” TwinStrata explained. “The ability to implement cloud storage incrementally at first and to grow it over time, provides a unique opportunity for organizations to solve their immediate problems while testing the viability a long-term storage strategy.”

Businesses may lack the foresight to know exactly when or where the next disaster will strike, but they do not have to worry about failing to recover during such incidents due to innovative solutions like cloud computing. Firms that want to test the technology for continuity purposes can purchase services without an upfront capital investment, keeping costs in check.

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