The disaster recovery landscape is expected to shift toward in the near future to include more cloud computing deployments, specifically of the hybrid variety. An online backup vendor recently suggested that more small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will implement hybrid environments next year to eliminate secondary recovery sites, reduce costs and complexities of managing their backups.
“Whether economic, technological or environmental, several elements have combined to ensure 2013 is the year of recovery and the hybrid cloud,” said the company’s CEO Larry Lang.
The firm also suggested that more focus will be placed on disaster recovery instead of data backup. This is especially the case for SMBs that are more concerned with getting back up and running rather than the overall backup process. Disaster recovery has been given new emphasis following the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, the vendor added.
There is no telling when or where a disaster will strike, but SMBs no longer have to fear the unexpected, which is Mother Nature’s calling card, according to the vendor. Next year will likely usher in new weather-related disruptions that will place organizations without disaster preparedness in a precarious position.
Whether a firm leverages hybrid clouds, disks or tapes for their backups, the key is having an initiative in place. Combining both on-site and hosted environments can help SMBs ensure all of their I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed regarding their recovery efforts. If one system is disrupted, companies can fall back to the other. SMBs with limited resources cannot afford to experience significant downtime for an extended period of time. Luckily, there are many backup options available to limit this impact.