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When Disaster Strikes, the Cloud Holds Answers – Part 2 of 3: The Rise of Both DR Concern and Cloud Adoption

Stormy Weather Ahead

5 out of 10 people in the cloud have experienced the benefit of disaster avoidance / recovery. Learn more in our survey of 1,257 cloud decision makers.

In last week’s blog, I talked about how Evolve IP provided business continuity to The John Glover Agency so that its employees could work safely during Hurricane Sandy thanks to hosted IP phone system, hosted desktop and virtual server solutions. This week, let’s take a look at what a recent Evolve IP survey tells us about cloud adoption and concerns about business continuity and disaster recovery.

According to a Dun & Bradstreet report, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy potentially affected some 1.5 million businesses located across 19 counties in the tri-state region. These businesses employ 9.3 million individuals across 1,000 different industries, all of whom were vulnerable to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Glover is just one example of a company seeing the tangible benefits of using a cloud-based infrastructure. A recent Evolve IP survey asked more than 1,000 executives and IT professionals in mid-market organization about cloud adoption. The survey found that nine out of 10 agree – the future model of IT is definitely cloud computing. In accordance with that number, Forrester Research expects the global market for cloud to reach $118 billion in 2014. More simply put – the cloud delivers tangible benefits and IT pros and executives know it.

In the survey, disaster avoidance/ recovery /business continuity was the highest ranked expected benefit of moving to the cloud, as cited by 72 percent of respondents. Regardless of the specific plan, it is safe to say that in the wake significant weather emergencies, along with unforeseen events, businesses are more concerned today than ever before about business continuity and disaster recovery (DR).

While most businesses have a simple DR plan that involves sending backups to an off-site facility or using an online service to backup data, those plans often do not detail exactly how that data and applications will be recovered, how quickly they can be recovered, or how they will be used in the event that the server or infrastructure on which it was originally located is lost or destroyed. Nor do companies’ DR plans account for how users will continue to communicate with the server, applications, each other, customers, and vendors if a location is unreachable. While there is a perception that implementing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan could be very complex, cloud-based technologies enable businesses to remain productive even in the height of a weather emergency.

Stop back here next week for the third and final post of this series, when we look further at business continuity and disaster recovery from the cloud.

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Scott Kinka is Chief Technology Officer for Evolve IP. He has spent almost his entire career devising new and simpler ways for companies to acquire and integrate technology. While all of the tech talk these days is about the cloud, he was doing this when it was called ASP (application service provider) or on-demand. Before Scott joined Evolve IP as Chief Technology Officer, he served as Vice President of Network Services for Broadview Networks and ATX Communications. He has been involved in application development, hosting, messaging, networking, unified communications, contact centers, and security. His mission (and specialty) is acting as a translator between technology and business needs.