Cloud computing, virtualization some of the best disaster recovery options

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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.

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2 Responses to Cloud computing, virtualization some of the best disaster recovery options

  1. Kurt Milne says:

    How can “the cloud” be the source of massive system outage AND be a disaster recovery solution? I’m so confused ;)

  2. Casey Morgan Casey Morgan says:

    Interesting point, Kurt. The more you lean on the cloud, the more you stand to be without if your cloud provider takes a temporary fall. An example would be the recent outage of Microsoft Azure (check out our article) For disaster recovery, the cloud is great because your backups are there in emergency when you need them. It’s very important who you choose to work with when it comes to storing your backups in the cloud and you’ll want to go with people in the industry that are true experts in backup and disaster recovery. The idea behind backup and disaster recovery is redundancy. You need a backup of, well, everything. That means if you’ve got a cloud provider taking care of infrastructure needs you’ll probably want to have a plan for what you’ll do if their cloud goes down for awhile. If you’re relying on your own hardware, you’ll want it backed up to a place that allows you to easily retrieve it in an emergency. What’s even better is to use a cloud provider that gives you the ability to virtualize from the cloud so that your downtime is almost nothing. Check out StorageCraft Cloud Services if you’d like to learn more.

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