Disaster recovery solutions, which are an important part of business continuity plans, are being transferred to outsourced environments as more organizations become aware of cloud scalability benefits.
Traditionally, enterprises were forced to invest vast resources to guarantee that mission-critical tools were accessible immediately emergencies, while small and medium-sized businesses only backed up their most important data. The advent of cloud computing, however, is changing the entire disaster recovery market as organizations realize they can utilize high-quality restoration services for a lower cost, according to an InfoWorld report.
Although cloud services can give SMBs efficient disaster recovery solutions, decision-makers should be aware of the dangers that a laissez-faire approach to business continuity introduces. For example, businesses should not assume that cloud providers will automatically handle data backup and recovery. The responsibility falls on the company to implement these programs, and if they fail to do so, it will not be poor cloud performance that leads to the inability to access important information, the news source said.
"There's not a service provider on the planet that won't have an outage someday," cloud health expert Jon Beck said, according to InfoWorld. "What was interesting about the Amazon outage is how many big-name customers didn't have a disaster recovery plan in place to either move data to other availability zones or to other providers."
However, SMBs can encounter trouble when they have disaster recovery plans that require them to migrate on-premise data to different virtual environments on the fly. Many SMBs don't have sufficient server scalability capabilities to move large volumes of mission-critical information during a disaster, nor do they have a large enough budget to implement the tools needed to do so, InfoWorld reported. As a result, SMBs are turning cloud-based disaster recovery tools, which allow them to access information from virtually anywhere.
According to IDC, the server performance gap between SMBs and enterprises is narrowing, thanks to the advent of cloud disaster recovery services. Now, smaller firms have the ability to store large volumes of information off site, use complex data duplication tools and implement firm data protection solutions in the hosted environments. These abilities are strengthening the emergency preparedness of SMBs.
While the cloud is helping organizations remain efficient during disasters, decision-makers need to remember that the responsibility ultimately falls on them. Instead of developing a false sense of security, business leaders need to collaborate with the IT department to ensure information is readily available if an emergency strikes.
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