Disaster recovery is an essential part of any business. However, certain trends can complicate the process or heavily influence backup and recovery software decisions in a way that a company may not expect. From cloud services to social initiatives, these trends require special attention during backup planning, but can also improve the recovery process as well. According to Computerworld, if a business fails to consider the following three trends, it may end up complicating business continuity efforts rather than improving them.
More professionals are using mobile devices in the workplace, and as such, are storing company data on a moving, portable resource. These devices need the same backup attention that stationary servers do, as a phone crash could result in data loss just as easily as a computer going down in the office. However, mobile devices also give professionals a tool that won’t be affected when a system does go down. Professionals can take advantage of mobile devices in order to keep working regardless of location, whether on the road or relocating because of a disaster.
Social media is also quickly gaining in popularity in the business world as a communications and marketing tool. However, some businesses forget that they are held to the same compliance standards with the information generated through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook as they are with any other company data. Therefore, this data needs to be backed up as well. However, social media also provides an invaluable communications tool during a disaster. A business can easily transmit information to employees on a wide scale by posting one status update, rather than sending countless emails to workers.
When it comes to the cloud, many business are leaping onto the bandwagon. However, the cloud can be a fickle resource, and without fully understanding it, a business could be bogged down by all the various options that the cloud provides without actually implementing the tools it needs. However, cloud storage provides flexibility and accessibility that can improve any business’ disaster recovery solutions. With the cloud, a business can access backups from anywhere, provide access to remote employees as well as those on-site, and automate data backup software to achieve minimum loss, all while paying only for the storage space the company uses.