Natural disasters and other disruptions can take a company off of its game for an extended period of time if the firm is not prepared. Hurricane Sandy struck in late 2012, wreaking havoc along the East Coast and causing billions of dollars in damages and lost productivity. Organizations that did not have disaster recovery solutions in place before the storm likely realized the importance of such systems quickly after the incident. Those lucky enough to remain out of harm’s way should not become complacent due to the fact that a hurricane, earthquake, flood, fire or other event has passed by.
With companies relying so much on technology and data, not having a disaster recovery solution is dangerous for any business in 2013. Instead of relying on devices like external hard drives, tape or disk to back up mission-critical data, organizations can leverage more innovative options like cloud computing. Hosted environments are ideal for keeping important information and applications out of harm’s way and accessible following major disruptions.
Cloud backup is not only effective at keeping corporate data safe from disasters – the technology is also often praised for its cost-effective nature. Instead of requiring on-premise infrastructure that requires upfront investments, the cloud is backed by a subscription-based model, so even the most cash-strapped firms can leverage the solution.
There is no telling when or where the next Sandy or other storm like the recent blizzard that bombarded the East Coast will strike, but not being prepared is no longer a viable option for companies. Businesses should strongly consider the advantages of migrating their most important assets to the cloud to ensure operations remain intact and staff members are productive at all times, during even the most trying circumstances.