Cloud computing and virtualization are gaining steam as some of the most effective disaster recovery solutions. Firms looking to ensure they can operate during major disruptions should strongly consider the advantages of both the cloud and virtual environments. A recent Business2Community report by Jared Jacobs indicated that 25 percent of companies that experience a disaster close their doors for good.
Jacobs explained that cloud computing has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks in large part from support from major vendors. Firms leveraging the cloud for recovery purposes migrate their mission-critical data to an off-site location, meaning any disruptions that impact physical infrastructure do not harm cloud-based environments. Although security has been an inhibitor to the adoption of the solutions, service providers are making strides to keep information safe.
Virtual machines (VMs) are also effective recovery tools, according to the writer, because they are easier to back up than physical systems. If a disaster impacts a company’s on-site IT, the business can replicate the disk images and install the data to a new server or computer.
SMBs enjoying benefits of cloud, virtualization
Large enterprises have a clear advantage over small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) when it comes to having vast resources, which can come in handy during natural disasters. However, cloud computing and virtualization allows SMBs to use some of the best technologies available to address potential disruptions.
A survey of SMBs conducted by a security vendor found that 43 percent have adopted private clouds and 40 percent have done the same with public ones. Since implementing the technology, 40 percent said their disaster preparedness has improved.
The survey also found that more than a third of SMBs plan to adopt server virtualization at some point for their recovery needs.
Steve Cullen, senior vice president at the security company, explained how SMBs can leverage technologies to their advantage.
“Technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops,” said Cullen.
Companies of all sizes must be ready for all types of disasters, and cloud computing and virtualization can help businesses weather the storm.