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Canadian businesses look to cloud to aid disaster recovery

As the network infrastructure in Toronto continues to grow in complexity, IT executives are investing in new technologies to improve disaster recovery and business continuity. According to a recent study by AT&T, 35 percent of respondents said their organization is planning on making strategic cloud investments in 2012.

After witnessing multiple natural disasters, including tsunamis and tornadoes, in 2011 and the effects they can bring, more businesses around the world are turning to cloud hosting services to keep mission-critical applications and data protected in the wake of unpredictable events, as the technology can host resources away from the destruction, InformationWeek noted.

"Today's businesses are more connected than ever and it is essential that communities and leading organizations continue to prepare for and establish a response to these unexpected situations," AT&T network disaster recovery team senior technical specialist Kelly Morrison said.

AT&T noted that roughly 57 percent of companies in Toronto are either using the cloud or are considering doing so as a part of its continuity plan. Another 40 percent of respondents said cloud storage was important for disaster recovery, while 37 percent said hosted servers were essential.

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