Much like cyberattacks, natural disasters can impact companies of all sizes and industries. And just like security incidents, firms must do all they can to protect mission-critical data from being compromised as a result of disruptions like hurricanes, fires, floods and other threatening events.
There are plenty of options available for organizations that want to protect corporate files and applications from disasters. On-site backups like hard drives, disks and tapes are popular options, allowing employees to quickly retrieve critical data. However, the problem with these devices is that on-site disasters can damage or destroy this content, going against the very idea of disaster recovery.
Cloud computing has come a long way in a short amount of time, especially when it comes to disaster preparedness. Hosted environments can be purchased on a monthly basis, allowing firms to avoid spending for software or hardware that requires an upfront capital investment. Organizations that require more computing power or storage capacity can add these as needed.
Business2Community reported that 25 percent of companies that experience a disaster never reopen. The news source indicated that security has been a concern surrounding cloud computing in the past, but the technology has made significant improvements in this area, thanks to increased focus by vendors on keeping client data safe from harm.
Instead of potentially closing their doors for good, companies can adopt cloud backup without going over budget. Firms that support a mobile workforce can ensure staff members always have access to work-related documents because the cloud is available through the internet, making productivity a possibility even during disruptions. The next Hurricane Sandy may be right around the corner, but organizations leveraging hosted environments can be ready for any situation.