The disaster recovery conundrum

The disaster recovery conundrum

February 4

Businesses that have been lucky enough to never experience a major natural disaster should not allow themselves to grow comfortable not having a proper recovery solution. Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the East Coast in 2012, placing companies without such protection in an unenviable position, especially those that had to close their offices for an extended period of time.

Instead of sitting back and thinking a disaster will never happen to them, businesses should consider the numerous recovery options available. For example, cloud computing has often been at the forefront of IT news lately, whether for its cost-efficiency or storage capacity. The cloud is also a great disaster recovery solution, allowing firms to migrate mission-critical data and apps to an off-site location. Even if a disruption impacts a company’s office, it can still access its most critical assets using the internet.

This is a capability that on-site backup devices like external hard drives, disks and tape simply cannot match. Organizations that rely solely on these options for their recovery needs may want to consider what will happen to these products should another event happen on par with Sandy. If the office is damaged or destroyed during such an incident, the backups will likely be as well.

Just because a company has been fortunate enough to never experience a natural disaster, it does not mean this will continue to be the case. A disruption can happen within a moment’s notice, making it necessary for businesses of all sizes and types to have some type of recovery solution available. Cloud computing may not be the most traditional recovery technology on the block, but few can match its functionality during trying times.