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Source: CTO Edge
Author: Robert Brower
While the concept of disaster recovery (DR) planning and preparedness has always been straightforward in theory, in reality, ensuring an enterprise is thoroughly protected from every conceivable–and inconceivable–threat can be a time-consuming and complicated task.
As IT environments grow in size and complexity, it becomes harder to develop an overarching data protection and recovery strategy that safeguards data centers and critical information assets from any type of site or natural disaster. The ability to protect and recover data across the enterprise–regardless of where the data resides–also becomes more challenging as data proliferation extends beyond the corporate data center to encompass remote or branch offices and increasingly virtualized environments.
For many organizations, the most common disaster recovery practice involves using tape to move data offsite. Aside from the cost, time and administrative overhead to manage this process, there's a potential risk of data being lost or stolen. Cloud computing continues to gain attention for its promise of reducing ever-increasing IT and data storage infrastructure costs while boosting disaster recovery. The ability to move data into the cloud can lower reliance on costly and cumbersome on-premises and offsite tape management.