More businesses are turning to the cloud for their disaster recovery needs, according to a recent study by IBISWorld.
Businesses are using computers more and more, driving up the need for data backup software. However, disaster recovery industry revenue has fallen 0.9 percent in 2012, according to the study. IBISWorld found that more companies are using online backup solutions, rather than tape or disk, to keep their data safe. Cloud backup and recovery software solutions are expected to continue encroaching on tape and disk revenues through 2017.
The adoption of cloud solutions has grown in part because of the increased concern over physical dangers to business continuity. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters can damage tape backups or hard drives just as easily as they can primary storage servers. The cloud provides a cost-effective, off-site alternative that is still safe and secure.
However, the cloud is not without its own weaknesses, and businesses would be wise to consider it not as their only backup solution but as a secondary to a backup hard drive option. With two backup and recovery platforms, a business knows its data is safe, whether flooding strikes the office or a power outage knocks out its cloud provider.
While data restoration options were once the biggest advantage a business could invest in, pulling data from damaged disks is not as effective or efficient as having that data backed up in the first place. Data backup software allows a company to automatically copy its records into a safe and secure location, or multiple locations with a two-part disk and cloud solution, without dramatically increasing operational costs or interrupting business processes.