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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:24

Disaster recovery as a service becoming the default choice for business backup

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Business adoption of disaster recovery as-a-service (DRaaS) is expected to grow rapidly in the near future as companies seek flexible backup solutions. Analyst Technavio is predicting the increase in deployment will see the DRaaS market experience compound annual growth of 54.64% over the next four years.

With the threat from cyber crime rising in recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on information security and with it the need for disaster recovery. Having a backup solution in place reduces the risk of business interruption, downtime costs, and the potential loss of business critical data, if the worst should happen. A recent KPMG report claimed disaster recovery and business continuity was now the top priority for 68% of security professionals.

By utilising cloud-based services companies can acquire the backup they need while keeping key staff concentrated on core activities. Deploying their own solutions can cause distractions in the design, implementation and maintenance processes. Choosing the cloud provider route also allows firms to access specialised expertise and avoid the upfront costs of purchasing the required technology.

A study by the Aberdeen Group predicts more firms than not will be deploying cloud backup this year. Their report said: “If your organisation suffers from a lack of capital finances and your IT staff is struggling to keep up with day to day tasks, cloud backup may be an alternative worth investigating. By utilising cloud technology, companies can safeguard their data, meet regulatory requirements, and free up valuable IT resources for more strategic tasks. It is certainly a technology to consider.”

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