Small companies should consider cloud-based disaster recovery programs

November 29th, 2012 by - 4,622 views

In the past, every new technology implemented by a company needed to have a positive return on investment or reduce costs in some way for it to have a sound impact on an organization. While saving money is still important today, it is not necessarily the main reason companies are deploying innovative solutions.

As new cyber dangers and natural disasters pressure small organizations to be prepared with robust disaster recovery and business continuity plans, decision-makers are turning to cloud computing for scalable and automated environments, according to a study by InformationWeek Reports. Since the cloud comes in a variety of forms, enabling executives to leverage on- or off-site structures to host mission-critical information, small companies can use the services to promote long-term safety.

Small companies should consider cloud-based disaster recovery programs

The study revealed that the cloud is also raising awareness of the importance of businesses continuity and disaster recovery programs, as 67 percent of respondents said they currently have a plan in place, while another 23 percent have a strategy to launch an initiative within the next 12 to 24 months. Only 10 percent of respondents lack any plans.

The survey also found that 17 percent of decision-makers are using cloud-based services to enhance disaster recovery programs, while another 26 percent are considering doing so.

Why use the cloud for disaster recovery?
In addition to the scalable and financial benefits associated with incorporating cloud computing into a business continuity strategy, executives can also ensure their initiatives are on pace with evolving demands through frequent testing programs, InformationWeek Reports said. While legacy disaster recovery tools often enable companies to check operations every so often, the cloud provides decision-makers with the ability to ensure sensitive applications and data are recoverable at any time.

InformationWeek Reports said cloud-based business continuity programs enable small firms to have end-to-end backup orchestrated for their entire data center. This lets executives migrate massive volumes of records to the public or private cloud on demand.

A separate report by Symform said disaster recovery tools in the cloud often have easy-to-use management solutions and can be deployed very quickly, giving organizations a competitive advantage over rival companies with legacy strategies.

In the end, however, the most advantageous quality of cloud-based disaster recovery or business continuity suites is the technology’s highly scalable infrastructure, which enables executives to store substantial quantities of information and applications in the hosted environments without reaching capacity limits or experiencing bandwidth issues, Symform noted.

As cybercriminals become more sophisticated and natural disasters continue to threaten the livelihood of companies around the world, decision-makers need to plan ahead and have innovative backup strategies in place. By using the cloud, executives can have a cost-effective and agile business continuity plan that can evolve with long-term corporate goals. While not all organizations will see the immediate benefits of using a cloud-based disaster recovery program, the initiatives will likely become more important in the coming years.

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