At the Core
5 March 15

A Helping Hand: ‘Disaster Recovery as a Service’ a Growing Industry Worldwide

It's become clear in recent years that "cloud computing" is a lot more than a business buzzword – it's an entirely new way of life for companies, large and small, that need to manage a heavy volume of data. Rather than store all of their files internally, where the process can be logistically vexing and servers can get bulky, organizational leaders are instead opting to put more and more of their important data online, in the cloud.

"Every day, there's the potential for catastrophic events."

This is important not just for managing the daily grind of work, but also for safeguarding the business against potential disaster scenarios. Every day, there's the potential for catastrophic events that might disrupt the future of your organization – a hurricane, a blizzard or any one of numerous other incidents might represent a threat to your data and your business' continuity.

That's why companies are relying on remote infrastructures these days for cloud backup. Just as Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service have become increasingly popular in recent years, we're now seeing that Disaster Recovery as a Service is equally important. Businesses everywhere need to know that no matter what happens, their data will remain safe.

The Quest for Zero Downtime
According to Redmond Magazine, one of the drivers behind the growth of DRaaS has been the evolution of business culture. The way cloud technology expert Jeffrey Schwartz put it, people today are constantly working, whether they're in the office between 9 and 5 or remote at other times. This means they have no tolerance for downtime – they always want to be connected.

"In today's new age of 'always-on' business, prolonged downtime or even brief outages are no longer acceptable," Schwartz explained. "Whether it's at a global enterprise with thousands of employees, a 200-person organization or even a small office, all are expected to have their core information systems up and running all the time. Providing the ability to recover from downtime – scheduled or unplanned – is becoming easier and more affordable."

DRaaS options are proliferating in direct response to the people's needs. It doesn't matter whether it's a beautiful day or there's a tornado outside – people are always going to want access to their data.

Awareness on the Rise
Another key factor is that awareness of the need for DRaaS is increasing. According to Network World, this is partially the result of the headlines we've seen in recent years related to weather disasters. John Morency, research vice president at Gartner, believes this has been a major influence.

Japan was devastated by a recent tsunami.Japan was devastated by a recent tsunami.

"When you look at the aftermath of events like the tsunami in Japan, there is a lot more awareness and a lot more pressure from the board level to do disaster recovery," Morency told the news source. "DRaaS is the first cloud service to offer value for an entire production infrastructure, all the servers and all the storage."

Every time a new weather disaster makes news, that's only going to make it more clear for business leaders worldwide – you could be next. In order to stay protected, it's important to back up that vital data in the cloud.

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