Organizations are not always equipped to handle major technological shifts, whether because they lack the necessary infrastructure or the right people. When companies look to meet the needs of such shifts, they often turn to outsourcing. According to a study from consulting firm Bluewolf, disaster recovery is among the popular IT services that are often sent out to external companies.
Businesses will often rely on service providers for data and server backup solutions, freeing up the company to focus on more essential tasks. Among all IT infrastructure services, disaster recovery is the second most likely to be sent outside the company, with 17 percent of respondents to the Bluewolf study looking to increase this practice in the next 12 to 18 months.
Cloud-based solutions have become more popular across all aspects of IT infrastructure. Part of this is due to the twin revolution of big data, which requires scalable storage and backup solutions to meet the needs of growing amounts of data.
Although legacy options still remain prominently in the picture, cloud computing is on the rise, with many in the IT field seeing it as a preferable solution for some services.
“If everything is equal, at this point in time I would definitely go to the cloud,” Lien Chen, director of corporate IT at RAE Systems, told the Wall Street Journal.