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Cloud Storage can Introduce Disaster Recovery Boons

Althoughcloud storage technologies are used for a variety of reasons, disaster recovery is often one of the primary drivers. In the past, organizations would rely on tape backup and other solutions to restore operations in the wake of an emergency. Today, companies are given the option to back up data and applications to the cloud, allowing for a fast, easy, and secure recovery process.

A recent TwinStrata survey of more than 280 IT professionals highlighted the ongoing use of cloud-enabled disaster recovery services, noting that nearly two-thirds of respondents are either using the cloud for continuity purposes or are planning to do so soon. Many organizations opt for cloud storage solutions because of the speed and reliability that comes along with using the hosted services.

The survey found that approximately 48 percent of businesses that rely solely on the cloud for disaster recovery can bring mission-critical applications and information back online within a few hours, as opposed to only 30 percent of non-cloud companies that can do the same. By having the ability to restore operations back to full strength quickly in the wake of unexpected downtime, companies of all sizes can reduce the chances that those instances will close their doors permanently.

"Our survey clearly shows that the benefits of cloud storage are far too compelling to ignore, particularly from a disaster recovery perspective," said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata. "With the right technology and migration plan in place, customers can recover from any disaster -- even the loss of their cloud storage provider."

Having a strong disaster recovery program during the Big Data era is especially crucial because companies are now responsible for an increasingly large volume of digital assets. A Gartner report highlighted how Big Data is expected to drive $34 billion worth of IT spending in 2013. Many of these investments will go toward updating traditional technologies used to store, recover, and secure the massive volumes of information now being accumulated.

As Big Data, enterprise mobility, and other trends continue to disrupt the business world, decision-makers need to consider updating their continuity efforts to align with the rest of their IT endeavors. By implementing cloud storage and other infrastructure technologies, companies around the world may find themselves in a better position when an unexpected disaster does strike.

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