23% Of IT Pros Have Incorporated Cloud Services Into BC/DR Plans
InformationWeek Reports announces the release of its latest research report - Cloud's Role in BC/DR
InformationWeek Reports, a service for peer-based IT research and analysis, has announced the release of its latest research report. Cloud's Role in BC/DR encompasses analysis of results from InformationWeek's 2011 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Survey and guides readers in using cloud services to improve their BC/DR strategies. Four hundred and fourteen business technology professionals responded to the survey. The report explores the role these services can play in disaster recovery, including archiving/backups and spinning up critical systems in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) if on-premises facilities are devastated.
Among survey respondents with or planning to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan, 23% have incorporated cloud services into their BC/DR strategy and 28% will do within 24 months. The remaining 49% have no plans.
- 52% of respondents with no plans to use cloud services identify security as the main inhibitor.
- 48% of those with or who are planning to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan are using or open to using a cloud-based backup service for mission-critical application data.
- 49% of respondents using or considering a cloud-based backup service for their mission-critical application data say it would reduce their disaster recovery time.
- 9% of respondents with or planning to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan are using the cloud for remote or branch office backup; an additional 38% would consider it.
IaaS adoption - the most basic and fundamental form of cloud computing service - has expanded beyond development and test use cases, says Gartner.
Cloud services currently constitutes only a very small part of the vast enterprise IT market. Strategic planners should not take current cloud use cases to be predictors of future cloud use.
Asia is entering a 'put up or shut up' time, as some players dramatically escalate their investments to scale up their capacity and global presence, while others hesitate and ultimately scale back.