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The new face of disaster recovery

Because natural and man-made disasters are often unavoidable, decision-makers must be sure their companies have the appropriate recovery plans in place. If a firm neglects to establish a robust backup and restoration strategy, it will likely suffer the consequences associated with not being able to carry out mission-critical operations. Fortunately, cloud computing can augment these plans.

A recent study of roughly 1,300 IT professionals by Computer Weekly and TechTarget revealed that the majority of respondents think the overall cloud market will experience substantial growth within the next 6 months. Cloud-based disaster recovery in particular will gain significant momentum as executives around the world recognize the potential of incorporating hosted services into their backup programs.

Although software-as-a-service adoption rates are expected to drop slightly, the survey found that respondents using cloud-enabled continuity efforts will grow from the current 17.9 percent to approximately 28.5 percent 6 months from now. This suggests that the private sector is embracing a new perspective of disaster recovery.

A stronger, more efficient recovery landscape
In many cases, organizations are adopting cloud-based disaster recovery approaches in an attempt to get a better grip on big data and improve longevity - two critical requirements that will define the future enterprise. In fact, the study revealed that roughly 51 percent of firms intend to use cloud infrastructure services like storage to augment continuity efforts, up from only 36 percent that are doing so now.

Despite the ongoing migration toward cloud-enabled strategies, executives still need to regularly test restoration programs to ensure they can recover mission-critical assets. Unfortunately, only 25 percent of respondents said they evaluate their plans after launch, Computer Weekly reported. By taking the time to assess that a recovery initiative works, decision-makers can minimize risk and guarantee long-term survival in a post-disaster scenario.

Echoing the increasing demand for cloud-based continuity plans, MarketsandMarkets forecast the Recovery as a Service market to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 55 percent between 2013 and 2018, eventually generating $5.7 billion in revenue.

As the cloud matures and becomes ingrained into everyday business operations, decision-makers across the private and public sectors will leverage the technology to protect themselves against natural and man-made disasters, minimizing risk and supporting long-term growth.

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