As the business world continues to move out of the Stone Age and transition more and more vital data away from filing cabinets and into digital formats, we're observing a steady increase in the need for data security. This is not surprising. After all, the more of your data you're saving on your computers, the more vulnerable you are when a disaster comes along.
On some level, companies have always had a need for disaster recovery planning. For as long as computers have existed, they've always been vulnerable to the threat of an earthquake, hurricane or another similarly catastrophic event that might damage them. Businesses have taken measures to protect themselves by backing up their data.
"On some level, companies have always had a need for disaster recovery planning."
In the past, this was mostly done via primitive methods such as alternate machines and backup tapes. But as companies have begun using more and more data in their everyday operations, they've come to realize that this method is no longer efficient enough. Instead, they've begun looking into cloud computing providers for a little additional help.
According to Channel Partners Online, cloud backup services are a necessity in today's highly connected era. There's simply too much risk these days to leave your cloud data vulnerable. A recent Forrester Research survey found that 40 percent of businesses affected by natural or man-made disasters never recover. As a result, IDG found, 43 percent of businesses are beginning to adopt hybrid cloud solutions for easier data recovery.
Scott Kinka, chief technology officer at Evolve IP, told the news source that there's no surefire protection against disasters. The only solution is mounting an effective response once they happen.
"IT disasters are inevitable, whether it's a simple server crash or a business office destroyed by an environmental incident," Kinka explained. "The impact can include downtime, decreased productivity and lost data, yet many organizations distrust their current disaster recovery approaches."
Disasters are a problem, but the cloud can be a solution. The following are three reasons that today's companies are taking the plunge:
1. Disasters can't be stopped
First of all, there's no point in trying to prevent a threat to your data. If a hurricane is coming, it's coming. Channel Partners Online estimated that more than 33 percent of companies have experienced a serious disaster in recent years, proving that threats are widespread and a response is necessary.
2. DR costs time and money
When a disaster does happen, it's often expensive and time-consuming to respond to it. Any solution requires an investment of time and money. Tapes and backup servers, though, are especially costly. It can cost thousands to buy all those tapes and take days to deliver them from one location to another.
3. Inefficiency is a killer
In tight economic times, business IT leaders are eager to trim inefficiency from the budget in any way possible. Disaster recovery absolutely fits into that. Many of today's businesses are using strategies for DR that are less than ideal, but that's quickly changing. In the coming years, just about everyone will embrace the benefits of cloud-based DR.