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Cloud-based disaster recovery is resilient, easy to manage

The introduction of cloud computing enables organizations to rethink how they approach traditional IT problems and practices, including the processes that go into restoring operations in the wake of an emergency. Augmenting disaster recovery is one of the most common reasons enterprises deploy the cloud because externally managed resources make it inherently less complex to get back up to speed in a post-disaster setting.

IT expert John Dix told Network World that cloud backup is one of the most frequent disaster recovery endeavors carried out by enterprises. This is because the hosted services allow decision-makers to move crucial applications and other assets to a safe and remote location, making it less likely that those solutions will be impacted by the natural or man-made disruptions that impaired corporate operations.

Dix asserted that cloud services can be restored much easier and faster than conventional tape technologies, which is especially important in today's fast-paced and highly competitive business world. Meanwhile, a cloud infrastructure is not only more resilient to such external events compared to more traditional environments, but it can also be replicated in real time to ensure the most up-to-date resources are brought back online during the recovery process.

The cloud is for everyone
Dix told Network World that although enterprises are pursuing cloud-based disaster recovery initiatives more frequently than other firms, the same opportunities are available for small and midsized companies. As a result, the continuity landscape is leveling out and making the business world as a whole more efficient and operational.

A MarketsandMarkets report revealed that the Disaster Recovery as a Service market, which includes multiple types of continuity solutions, is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 55 percent through 2018, at which point it will generate approximately $5.7 billion in revenue. This increase is largely attributed to the fact that organizations are more reliant on digital resources due to the proliferation of mobile and ecommerce operations.

As the IT landscape continues to evolve, decision-makers should take the time to understand how they intend to tackle disaster recovery and whether the cloud is an effective option for them. If the cloud is a likely offering, executives need to plan which resources will be incorporated into the continuity program and encourage the workforce to practice restoring operations in mock emergencies.

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