At the Core
2 April 15

A Helping Hand In The Sky: Businesses Prepare For Cloud Disaster Recovery

Whether they like it or not, all businesses need to think about their need for disaster recovery resources. Their operations might be going strong at the present date, but at any moment, a catastrophe could strike, and data that was once secure might be in jeopardy. No one is immune. Everyone needs to be protected.

"Businesses everywhere are preparing for disaster recovery in the cloud."

The old days of using external hard drives or backup tapes for this purpose are fading fast. In 2015, it's time to rely on a measure that's faster, more reliable and more efficient. Instead of storing data on site, or off site using outdated solutions, it's time for companies to embrace the potential of cloud backup.

A few years ago, this idea seemed far-fetched, but now, businesses everywhere are preparing for disaster recovery in the cloud. It's not hard to understand why.

Disasters are a major threat
It's important to understand just how big a risk companies face every day with the prospect of a natural disaster. According to Data Center Knowledge, threats are everywhere. Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 20 percent of businesses experience some kind of fire, flood or other source of power outage in a given year, and 80 percent of those who do so in the first year will go under. Business technology expert Colleen Miller told the news source that this necessitates action.

"Although there may be debate over what statistics are most accurate, common sense tells us that if IT systems are not restored in a timely fashion, it is highly likely that a company may suffer an untimely demise," Miller argued.

Risks are everywhere
You may think that your company, or your geographic area, is immune to the risk of data disaster, but you're almost certainly wrong. The truth is that risk exists everywhere you look.

The East Coast was affected in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit and millions of professionals faced adversity. The Midwest is constantly dealing with the threat of tornadoes that can knock out power lines and damage data. Out West, there are regular earthquakes that can put essential files in jeopardy.

You never know when disaster might be coming.You never know when disaster might be coming.

The truth is that alarming events can happen anywhere. All it takes is one bolt of lightning or one strong gust of wind, and your data is in peril.

How the cloud simplifies matters
Fortunately, cloud computing serves as a way of easing the hysteria over disaster recovery. Brian Vandegrift, an executive in the cloud computing industry, told Data Center Knowledge that the cloud has made a huge difference in helping companies bounce back from outages.

"Disaster recovery today is easy," Vandegrift said. "It's not that much heavy lifting. You used to have to have backup tapes and ship them around the country. The technology has evolved where it is easy to orchestrate and to fail back to production."

Forget about saving backup tapes and storing them hundreds of miles away. In today's era, we now have cloud backup to keep our data remote and secure, yet easily accessible at any time. It's the best of both worlds.

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