Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:01:50 PM
Cloud computing has helped government organizations and businesses improve efficiency and reduce IT costs, but many experts believe the cloud still has room for expansion.
In a blog post for ZDNet, cloud expert Alan Priestly discusses using cloud technology for disaster recovery, which has evolved into an important focus for enterprises as reliance on technology has increased.
According to Priestly, cloud computing can be an appealing solution for disaster recovery, particularly for small and medium businesses with limited IT resources. The cloud could allow enterprises to cut disaster recovery costs by reducing data center space and IT infrastructure, the report said.
As cloud computing services are often extremely flexible, there are several models an organization can follow in moving its disaster recovery plans to the cloud. While transitioning all IT functions to the public cloud is certainly an option, Priestly says businesses could also potentially keep applications and data on site, while backing up data in a cloud-based storage system.
A recent survey by a data backup solution provider found that 20 percent of small businesses are using the cloud for disaster recovery.
-McAfee Cloud Security