Is your company prepared for the next disaster?

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Many different harmful events can cause businesses to experience extended downtime. Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, tornadoes and blizzards can wreak havoc on companies that lack proper data backup. Although some organizations likely use external hard drives, disks and tapes to store their mission-critical information, cloud backup may be what can keep firms operating during major disruptions.

In addition to being a cost-effective technology, cloud computing also surpasses on-site backups in other ways. If a disaster strikes a company’s office, disks, tapes and hard drives can be damaged or destroyed, whereas businesses leveraging the cloud keep their files off-site.

Organizations considering ways to improve their disaster preparedness will likely want to know how often they should back up their data. A recent Business2Community report indicated that this is largely based on the size of the company, but many industry professionals believes firms should perform backups on a daily basis.

The news source also encouraged businesses to not wait until a disaster is expected to strike to plan for an incident. Firms should review their insurance policies and make sure they have employee and vendor contacts available.

Hybrid cloud expected to take hold in 2013
Organizations can choose from several types of cloud deployments, including public, private and hybrid models. For disaster recovery, some experts believe the hybrid cloud will become a popular option in 2013.

A report by Quorum predicted that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will be especially supportive of hybrid clouds for their recovery needs this year. Although many firms implement the cloud for data backup purposes, SMBs will focus more on the recovery capabilities of the technology.

The company’s CEO Larry Lang explained that the move toward more hybrid clouds is not being fueled by just one corporate need.

“Whether economic, technological or environmental, several elements have combined to ensure 2013 is the year of recovery and the hybrid cloud,” Lang said.

Companies that have not experienced a major disaster yet should not rely on this fortune continuing in the long run. Disasters can strike when least expected, ultimately impacting businesses on many levels. Firms that continue to succumb to extended downtime are likely to lose revenue, productivity and possibly customers and clients. Cloud backup not only keeps operations stable, but it will not break the bank.

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