SMB cloud, virtualization adoption driven by disaster recovery needs

Small and medium-sized businesses continue to adopt virtualization and cloud technologies to enhance disaster preparedness. According to a new study by Symantec, 40 percent of SMBs have adopted cloud servers to improve business continuity, while 43 percent of that group have deployed private clouds.

"Today's SMBs are in a unique position to embrace new technologies that not only provide a competitive edge but also allow them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information that their businesses depend on," Symantec senior vice president of worldwide marketing Steve Cullen said.

Symantec noted that 37 percent of SMBs that adopted private clouds did so with disaster recovery in mind, while 34 percent said business continuity affected their decision to implement public cloud hosting environments or server virtualization. By planning deployments of innovative technologies, decision-makers can ensure mission-critical solutions are attainable.

A similar study by AT&T found that 35 percent of businesses in Toronto are increasingly adopting the cloud to enhance disaster recovery and business continuity. Since the virtual landscapes are hosted off-site, employees will be able to retrieve important data and applications from virtually any location, improving efficiency during an emergency.

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