Having cloud solutions in place that are not only robust and user-friendly but also secure has become an absolute must for all organizations. In order to keep the workforce highly capable and flexible when it comes to managing data, you need to keep it in the cloud, but cloud operations need to be safe, and they must have provisions in place for any potential worst-case scenarios that await.
Disaster recovery needs to be a key area of emphasis. If a major event such as a thunderstorm or tornado takes down your cloud infrastructure, you need to have provisions in place that will help your business get right back up to speed quickly and efficiently.
As the cloud grows in popularity, this is becoming a more widely recognized issue. Let's take a look at three major industry trends that were big in 2014 and should continue into the new year.
An increase in awareness
Everyone knows at this point that disaster recovery is a key value, but how many people are actually acting on that knowledge? Not many, according to TechTarget, but the good news is that awareness of the need to take action is increasing steadily.
"No matter how many times you hear about the importance of disaster recovery planning, it seems as though many companies are still ignoring DR," noted Ed Hannan, managing editor of SearchDisasterRecovery.com. "For example, a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers study indicated that companies with DR plans dropped from 50 percent the previous year to 39 percent. However, DR planning and testing is getting easier thanks to evolving technologies."
As the cloud becomes a more important part of everyone's business efforts, cloud DR is becoming a bigger deal as well. Awareness is assuredly growing.
Adapting to the mobile revolution
Mobile devices are everywhere in people's lives. Our smartphones are often the first objects we touch when waking up in the morning and the last we use before going to bed. So why not make mobile technology a more integral part of our disaster recovery efforts?
That is indeed happening, according to CSO Online. George Muller, vice president of IT at Imperial Sugar Company Sugar Land, Texas, explained to the news source that this makes obvious sense for business IT leaders who are on the go.
"People will carry their mobile devices with them," Muller said. "I might not carry my laptop wherever I go, but if all of a sudden we've got a disaster I've probably got my Blackberry in my shirt pocket. Anything that facilitates connectivity in a ubiquitous way is a plus."
Offering DR as a service
In today's cloud era, everything is offered "as a service." There's software as a service, infrastructure as a service and so on – so why not disaster recovery as a service as well?
According to Cloud IQ, that's a major trend we're likely to see in 2015. Neill Reidy, systems architecture expert at Evolve IP, says that the term Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) will take on very real significance as companies see a pressing need to pay for the very specific disaster recovery provisions that fit their business well.
"The DR directive is coming from executive leadership, mandating that systems and data be highly redundant and highly robust to withstand any local or regional disaster," Reidy explained. "It has become completely unacceptable to lose data or withstand any outage greater than one business day."
As DR becomes a bigger business issue, companies are getting ready to invest. The industry is rapidly evolving as a result.