Cloud computing has the potential to change the way the data center is viewed. It also could change the way organizations approach IT disaster recovery planning, though many companies are failing to acknowledge its potential.
According to a study from Kroll Ontrack, recovering data in the event of disaster is not the primary concern for many organizations making the move to the cloud. Only 33 percent of those surveyed test their recovery plans on a regular basis. Thirteen percent claimed they didn’t have a data recovery plan in place at all.
This comes even as just fewer than half of all companies reported losing data in the past year. However, there appeared to be increasing confidence in the ability of cloud providers to handle data loss incidents. Twenty-six percent fewer companies cited a lack of confidence in this year’s survey than did in 2011.
“If there is anything that technology has taught us, it is that data loss can occur in any environment, regardless of specific technology,” said Abhik Mitra, data recovery product manager for Kroll Ontrack.
While greater confidence in cloud and data center services providers is an encouraging development, the amount of companies either overlooking or reducing the importance of disaster recovery presents a definite concern.