Some organizations likely have data backups based on external hard drives, tapes and disks to protect their most important information from natural disasters. Although these devices have the benefit of being within arm’s reach following such disruptions, they can still be damaged or destroyed during a hurricane, earthquake, flood, fire or other incident. Rather than rely on these options, firms can leverage cloud computing for their backup needs.
A recent Network World report highlighted the advantages of cloud-based disaster recovery, including allowing businesses to be more mobile during disruptions. The news source explained that virtualization helps companies keep their IT systems running even if a cloud deployment is down. This is possible as long as employees have access to the internet.
The report indicated that cloud-based disaster recovery is so important because it lets companies continue to operate during the most trying circumstances. As a result, clients and customers will be grateful for services that remain available even in the event of a disaster. Also, if competitors’ systems are down for an extended period of time, companies leveraging the cloud may gain even more clientele as a result.
Cloud, virtualization projects will be more popular in 2013
The advantages of cloud computing and virtualization are immense, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. A recent survey of roughly 400 IT professionals by ComputerWeekly and TechTarget found that 44 percent believe their firms consider disaster recovery and business continuity to be important backup and storage initiatives in 2013.
The survey also uncovered that more than 40 percent named virtual server backups a priority, followed by storage virtualization, data reduction, data deduplication and virtual desktop storage.
Companies are producing more information than ever, making it even more important for firms to protect this data from potential disasters. With the cloud and virtualization, organizations can do just that.