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Dangerous weather places emphasis on data recovery, backup

Cliff Boodoosingh, Editor on July 30, 2012

Data Protection

Data protection is crucial for all types of businesses, but many companies still insist on keep mission-critical information on-site. While organizations must be prepared to deal with all kinds of IT disruptions, inclement weather is simply unpredictable and can catch IT departments off guard at any moment.

Computerworld's Lucas Mearian recently highlighted the need for proper data protection solutions, including the cloud and its online backup and disaster recovery benefits, during dangerous situations caused by unforeseen weather patterns

In Colorado, for example, violent storms and wildfires have destroyed more than 2 million acres in the Rocky Mountains, while droughts have impacted approximately two-thirds of the United States. As a result of these dangers, companies should be looking for ways to boost their recovery plans, according to the writer.

"The message to IT managers from business continuity experts is a familiar one: Put backup data centers in diverse, far-flung locations, and make sure your cloud service providers maintain geographically dispersed hosting facilities," Mearian wrote.

But these pleas for improved recovery and backup capabilities have fallen on deaf ears in recent years, according to Mearian. Experts continue to beat the drum of addressing these needs in the face of dangerous weather, whether the company is a multi-national organization or a mom and pop operation.

Hurricane season tests IT resiliency

A cloud backup vendor recently conducted a survey of businesses to determine their disaster recovery capabilities given that many companies will face powerful hurricanes at some point this year. The firm said that only 35 percent of respondents indicated they have proper backup and recovery solutions in place to respond to such weather patterns.

To address both of these needs, organizations need to look no further than cloud computing. The vendor said it has conducted other research that found two out of five U.S. companies said the cloud improves their recovery and data backup capabilities, while more than half believe the technology lowers overall IT costs.

Organizations that believe they are prepared for weather situations and do not need backup and recovery systems are playing with fire, according to the firm's general manager Blaine Raddon. Some weather patterns move in so quickly that businesses simply do not have enough time to respond.

"Having a backup and disaster recovery plan in place helps companies ensure their data is protected and businesses can be back up and running even after some of the most dire circumstances," Raddon said.

Submitted by: Jonathan Ward,

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