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Cloud Helps Companies Face Disaster Head-On
Denise Culver | Research Analyst
The disaster recovery market is facing challenges with rapid IT growth, especially among mobile and other technologies.

In response, IT departments are moving toward the cloud for a cost-effective disaster recovery solution.
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Disaster Recovery Hits the Cloud, Finds Silver Lining
As mobile and other technologies continue to expand faster than IT departments can keep up with them, the development of hybrid IT environments have become a reality for large enterprises and organizations worldwide. Almost every business is faced with the fact that it cannot move at the speed of IT evolution. Not only is not cost effective, but resources are not readily available, and there are uncertainties when migrating from technology to technology.

As this continues to evolve, IT departments increasingly will use disaster recovery (DR) as an entry point to the cloud. Preparing for a disaster requires solid planning and thorough tech evaluation. As IT teams go through the process of evaluating and adopting cloud for DR, many begin to see easy ways to extend the cloud for other uses, such as production and test and development.

Although there are numerous drivers in the cloud DR sector, cost savings and maximizing return on investment (ROI) are significant factors. Because DR is a service that customers hope they never have to use, they want the cost to be kept as low as possible. Nevertheless, CIOs and IT accept that the price of DR is easily more cost effective than not having a DR plan in place if disaster strikes.

As the cloud-based disaster recovery market grows, there will continue to be complex heterogeneous environments that have a growing mix of physical and virtual infrastructures that impact cloud DR. These environments are difficult to manage in production and even more so to ensure that they can be recovered.

Companies will continue to seek service providers that can deliver on the full promise of cloud-based disaster recovery, regardless of whether a natural disaster wipes out the primary systems permanently or a power shortage disables the system for just a few hours. Service providers must keep in mind the applications and challenges that are most important to customers in order to remain viable in the fast-growing cloud-based disaster recovery market.

Disaster Recovery Hits the Cloud, Finds Silver Lining examines the cloud-based disaster recovery market, analyzing the features that are most likely to be implemented over the next two years, as well as drivers expected in the market over the next two years. It discusses challenges in the industry and includes a comparative analysis of solutions available. Finally, it examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that are likely to occur in the industry over the next 18-24 months.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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As shown in the following excerpt, cost will remain the overriding driver for cloud-based disaster recovery. The cloud provides an irresistible solution: an instant, cost-effective, worry-free DR site. Each aspect of the cloud saves on costs: a short planning and deployment cycle, no capital purchases and on-demand compute resources that only need to be paid for upon use.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: DataGardens Inc.; EVault Inc., a Seagate Technology LLC (Nasdaq: STX) company; GoGrid LLC; IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM); Iland Internet Solutions Corp.; Nasuni Corp.; Quorum Systems Pty Ltd.; SunGard Availability Services LP; TwinStrata Inc.; Verizon Terremark, a division of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ); Zadara Storage Inc.; and Zerto Inc.
Total pages: 25
DECEMBER 2013
Application-Aware Networking: The Carrier Perspective
This report examines the concept of application-aware networking (AAN), specifically from the carrier's point of view. It covers current trends and issues in the market, including application performance challenges and the shift to AAN. Finally, the report provides status reports on 11 prominent carriers in the market.
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Smart Data Monetization: Operator Strategies Take Shape
This report analyzes the role policy management will play in network operator data monetization efforts. It examines the potential for policy management to serve as a cooperative platform for network and IT departments to collaborate. It includes results from an exclusive Heavy Reading survey of network operators regarding their deployment strategies regarding policy management and charging.
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Big Data: Big Cost or Big Opportunity?
This report explores the efforts telecom operators are making to exploit their data assets. It reviews the ways big data can be used; how operators use it; and lessons learned that fast followers should consider. The report also profiles 15 leading providers of big data solutions for the telecom sector.
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Caroline Chappell
Caroline writes the Services Software Insider research newsletter, addressing the latest developments telecom service delivery technology.
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Denise Culver
Denise is the author of IP Services Insider. She has more than ten years' experience in technology journalism.
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Tim Kridel
Tim writes for both Mobile Networks Insider and Cable Industry Insider. He has previously covered the wireless and cable industries for a number of research firms, including Heavy Reading.
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