Cloud computing is in many ways a gold standard of sorts for the IT industry, allowing businesses to make improvements to data storage, protection and accessibility. Such capabilities are essential for disaster recovery purposes. A single disruption may greatly impact how companies operate and employees function. If a firm is unable to serve its customers for an extended period of time, the brand is in danger of losing its clients for good.
Cloud-based data backups in particular minimize the chances of fully operational downtime because organizations store mission-critical information at a secondary location. This content is available through the Internet, allowing employees to access the resources they need to work. Even if a company is forced to close its office, staff members do not have to be physically at their desks thanks to the technology's availability.
A recent Kaple report suggested data backup and software application hosting will both be key contributors to the adoption of cloud computing in 2014 and 2015. Cloud solutions are expected to account for nearly 17 percent of all IT procurement in the next year, with businesses implementing such tools for increased connectivity and greater operational flexibility.
Cloud computing greatly improves recovery time
Organizations without access to their data for days or longer are in a dangerous position of losing revenue. A TwinStrata survey discovered only 12 percent of companies can retrieve information in hours. Cloud computing figures to play a key role in helping firms improve such capabilities. One in five respondents cited the technology as delivering such results, while only 9 percent of businesses with on-site solutions said the same.
More organizations will likely embrace cloud-based disaster recovery moving forward, especially since 63 percent of participants measure their data retrieval time in days. What's worse is that nearly 30 percent of firms admitted it takes an average of four days to access content.
"Once again, we see in this survey organizations using the cloud as a means to address some of their standard storage problems such as backup have a significant advantage over those that don't. That fact, coupled with the lower cost, lower maintenance model that cloud storage provides makes it an easy way for organizations to improve their ability to quickly recover," said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata.
Make the most of the cloud
Cloud computing is perhaps too valuable for businesses to overlook any longer. In addition to its disaster recovery capabilities, the technology also offers cost-efficiency and maintenance benefits. Businesses using the cloud no longer have to pay for systems upfront, instead only spending on the services they consume through a subscription model. All of the management and updates are taken care of by a third-party vendor, allowing customers to focus strictly on internal tasks.
If your company is interested in learning more about the potential of cloud computing and achieving a successful deployment, contact Beringer Associates today. The cloud is one of our areas of expertise, so we know full well what it takes to achieve a smooth deployment from day one. Our team of consultants analyzes each customer's IT infrastructure to create the most beneficial long-term roadmap to facilitate growth over the product's life cycle.
What's more is that our IT professionals are on call 24/7 to address any challenges with our customers' IT environments. This is important because even the slightest mishap can harm productivity, so it is best to address the situation before it intensifies.
Cloud computing is the way of the future. If you business hasn't adopted the technology by now, you shouldn't wait much longer, since the competition is clearly moving in this direction.