The rapid growth of the IT industry has pushed disaster recovery into the forefront. Transforming from a simple concept derived from computer center personnel, it has become a highly critical solution for companies both large and small.


The concept of disaster recovery began as the dependency of companies relied more and more heavily on computer systems. The 1980s and 1990s saw IT disaster recovery blossom and the rapid growth of the Internet in the late 1990s through the 2000s increased company’s dependencies on IT systems and solutions even more. Today, most major corporations reserve a separate percentage of their IT budget just for disaster recovery. Planning and executing a reliable and successful recovery solution is critical.


Another hot topic, cloud computing, is also on the disaster recovery radar. Cloud DR is gaining popularity with its pay-as-you-go pricing offering a reduced cost and less start-up obligations for companies. Various Cloud DR options are already available but the main categories include Do It Yourself DR, DR-as-a-Service and Cloud-to-cloud disaster recovery. DIY DR utilizes a third party’s cloud while DRaaS includes prepackaged services with pay-as-you-go rates based on your recovery point objective and recovery time objective. C2C DR allows clients to spread their cloud data to multiple data centers with the option to rollover in the instance of an issue.


With the growing interest in cloud and cloud DR, it’s important to keep in mind the pros and cons of this new form of DR and also what a company is specifically looking to do. As the IT space continues to grow, change and evolve, it will be most interesting to see how it will mold to fit those changing needs, including those of cloud DR.