Backup and Storage

Disaster recover ‘to drive cloud adoption in next 6 months’

More firms are set to realise the benefits of using cloud-based disaster recovery.

More sophisticated options such as disaster recovery, back-up, businesses continuity and document storage will soon become the driving force of cloud solutions, according to new research.

A TechTarget-Computer Weekly survey found that these next generation systems will overtake Software as a Service (SaaS)

However, the research revealed that despite this, commercial IT teams are continuing with antiquated disaster recovery practices.

According to the study, 43 per cent of respondents still shipped important data to another physical recovery site and 34 per cent admitted to still putting disaster recovery data on tape.

The survey quizzed nearly 1,300 IT professionals and revealed that all different types of cloud services are expected to grow over the six months, with disaster recovery and backup, making the biggest expansion.

Adoption of cloud for disaster recovery and business continuity will grow from 17.9 per cent at the moment to 28.5 per cent come September.

Conversely, the adoption of SaaS is predicted to drop from current levels of 47.7 per cent to 40.4 per cent over the next six months, making it the only cloud application projecting a decline in user rates.

Computer Weekly suggested that the use of the cloud for disaster recovery practices is due to businesses seeking more efficient analysis of big data and ways to better protect this business asset.

Vivek Kundra, chief information of the US Government, has been urging businesses to adopt the technology since back in 2010.

He said: "There was a time when every household, town, farm or village had its own water well. Today, shared public utilities give us access to clean water by simply turning on the tap; cloud computing works in a similar fashion.

"Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or off quickly as needed. Like at the water company, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure the service provided is safe, secure and available on a 24/7 basis."