Cloud Becoming a Major Disaster Recovery Strategy

Small businesses are increasingly looking at the Internet and cloud computing as a way to protect business-critical data when disaster hits. In fact, in cloud operations, it makes sense for multiple copies of a data set to be created and kept in sync. And according to an InformationWeek article by Charles Babcock, cloud storage companies can quickly shift data from one at-risk location to somewhere safe.

One example of such data safe-keeping came in the wake of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Nirvanix, Equinix, and other cloud companies are offering a helping hand to companies disrupted by or concerned about natural disasters. Cloud storage company Nirvanix says it will shift a copy to another continent if your data is in its Node 3 data center in Japan. The service will be provided for free.

According to the article, “The offer is merely a precaution, as Nirvanix expects its Japan data center to continue operating. It’s 200 miles away from the northern Honshu area affected by the tsunami. But the offer is still one that some customers may consider, given the fact that Japanese utilities have imposed rolling blackouts. It also remains unclear whether authorities will have the ability to contain the threatened meltdown of the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.”

Cloud computing practices, such as safely moving secure data to more stable locations, might be the wave of the future due to the newly found feasibility of such practices. So before the next disaster strikes, businesses should consider their cloud options and how reliance on a second cloud data center might provide a guarantee of continued operations.

For more information about how cloud computing solutions can help your business, read the full article: http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/disaster_recovery/
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