Get ready for disaster recovery in the new year

Get ready for disaster recovery in the new year

Stephen Perkins

In the past year, businesses in the United States, Europe, Asia and various other parts of the world have had to overcome some of the most complex challenges following natural disasters. Studies published throughout the past several years have shown that the average company is not prepared for an event, and often completely overlook the broader and finer best practices of disaster recovery. 

Analysts are forecasting an optimistic economic outlook for 2014, and the last thing a company would want would is to get taken out of the game because of a long-term outage or instance of data loss. Going into the new year, leaders should seriously consider launching more comprehensive and effective disaster recovery, continuity and data protection plans. 

A look back at DR in 2013
MSPMentor recently listed several trends that surfaced in the past 12 months related to online backup, disaster recovery and other corporate computing matters involving information and server protection. Because demand has spiked so quickly in this arena, many decision-makers are already beginning to see more options when it comes to vendor selection. 

As such, disaster recovery and online backup have become a buyer's market, while this trend will likely continue to intensify in 2014. According to the news provider, service level agreements will likely become a far more important aspect of purchasing behaviors and vendor offerings, as these documents can cover both entities in the event of a serious issue. 

The source also pointed out that several natural disasters that have occurred in the past two years, including Blizzard Nemo, Hurricane Sandy and the Illinois tornado outbreak, have further highlighted the stress put on the backup industry when companies are not prepared. Businesses that already have recovery and continuity frameworks in place can avoid the costly challenges associated with such adverse weather conditions. 

Keep it strong in 2014
Data Center Journal recently asserted that no business should reduce their budgetary allocation for disaster recovery in the new year or going forward, but organizations would do well to expand purchases to maximize resilience to outages and loss. Many experts have argued that disaster recovery planning comes with advantages that transcend simple continuity, and include the creation of a more efficient and profitable overall information governance strategy. Disaster recovery is cost effective and can help organizations become more reliable. 

Categories: Disaster Recovery