At the Core
21 May 15

Dialing Up Disaster Recovery: Telecom Industry Could Benefit From Greater IaaS Use

Ever since Alexander Graham Bell first introduced the telephone some 140 years ago, we've all been reliant upon the telecommunications industry in one capacity or another. Whether it's making phone calls or using high-speed Internet access to tackle our daily routines, telecom service plays a key role in what we do, just about every single day. It's our backbone.

"There's a lot of uncertainty in the world, and telecom is one sector that's highly vulnerable to it."

Of course, these telecom companies need a backbone of their own. They need support to keep them going on a daily basis. How will they manage their data? How will they stay operational, even if a potential disaster threatens to disrupt them? There's a lot of uncertainty in the world, and telecom is one sector that's highly vulnerable to it.

Fortunately, they can draw a great deal of strength from cloud backup solutions. There's always the threat of a natural disaster or tech malfunction that threatens telecom businesses' data and their operations, but the use of secure cloud backup can go a long way toward keeping them protected and ensuring continually reliable service.

The cloud emerges in telecom
The telecommunications industry and the world of cloud computing are a natural fit for one another. Telecom is all about helping people access information more quickly and efficiently, and that's exactly what the cloud does.

A whitepaper from telecom giant Ericsson noted that the efficiency and convenience of the cloud make it hard to resist – and furthermore, a great many people and businesses have already incorporated the cloud into their daily lives.

"Consumers may not be aware of it, but they are increasingly using services that are cloud-based, from email and word processing to online music and social networking," the report stated. "Businesses, on the other hand, have benefited not only from outsourced applications, such as on-demand customer relationship management and collaboration, but also from cloud-based computing platforms and infrastructure, including hosted storage and data centers."

Why shouldn't telecom follow suit? Ericsson's research indicated that the global cloud market has grown to where its annual revenues now total $130 billion annually, and much of that comes from the growth of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). There's plenty of room in telecom for increased IaaS adoption.

Disaster recovery is always a focus
Specifically, these businesses need to think critically about their need for disaster recovery planning. What happens if a massive thunderstorm hits, and daily operations are disrupted? How will telecom companies recover their data and stay operational?

What happens if a storm disrupts your company's phone service?What happens if a storm disrupts your company's phone service?

According to Electrical Construction and Maintenance, this is a vital question. Lighting consultant Joseph Knisley told the news source that disasters can devastate telecom businesses, and therefore, they need to be prepared.

"You should develop a disaster recovery plan in case such a catastrophe occurs," Knisley advised. "Even though this plan may be well thought out, bringing back a downed network will not be a simple task."

The goal in telecom is to limit downtime, as even a brief interruption will surely lead to dissatisfied customers and lost business. Fortunately, today's best and brightest disaster recovery providers are out to ensure your business has as little downtime as possible.

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