Cloud computing dominates the IT industry, in terms of both headlines and adoption rates. Businesses worldwide are investing in this flexible technology more than ever to satisfy a broad range of functions, especially disaster preparedness. Disruptions strike at any time, damaging infrastructures and mission-critical data that are essential to operations. Firms without access to these resources cannot compete during such periods of downtime.
A Kable report recently suggested cloud computing will account for 17 percent of IT procurements in the next year. The highest percentage of investments will be allocated toward data backup and software application hosting during this time.
Cloud-based backup solutions are ideal for disaster recovery, allowing organizations to store their most important information in a cloud environment where this content remains available at all times. This is possible because the technology is accessible through the Internet, meaning employees can remain productive even if they are not at the company's office.
The report emphasized that businesses are adopting cloud computing to achieve greater IT flexibility and improved connectivity.
More organizations will rely on the cloud for disaster recovery
Cloud computing is gaining significant traction throughout the disaster recovery sector, especially as businesses realize they cannot afford to go long without access to important content. A Forrester Consulting survey found that nearly 80 percent of respondents agree they want to improve their DR capabilities for critical applications. Of those polled, 44 percent cited the cloud as a way to achieve this goal, SQL Server Blog reported.
Forrester noted it has witnessed adoption of public cloud computing double in the past four years.
"Backing up our databases to the public cloud is an important strategic focus for us going forward in order to save money, scale our backup and DR operations, and to ensure our applications are always available to customers and business users worldwide," explained an IT director of a large North American retailer involved in the Forrester survey.
Get your disaster recovery in order
So much can happen with a company's IT infrastructure that may result in the closure of the business if a disaster impacts operations. That is why recovery strategies and solutions are both corporate necessities - not simply options. If your organization has experienced a devastating disruption in the past or wants to avoid such events in the future, partnering with a third-party vendor is an effective approach.
Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, is a leading managed IT services provider in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. We analyze a customer's unique requirements to create a personalized approach to its long-term operational needs and growth potential.
The key to business continuity is having a strategy in place to maintain productivity even if the office is inaccessible. Safeguarding critical data is another step is boosting a firm's preparedness. If your business wants to learn more about business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to avoid the fallout of a disruption, contact Pinnacle today.