3 Cloud Technologies Changing Business ContinuityBuilding a reputation for reliability is invaluable when growing your small business. A lot of your reputation depends on one thing: availability. Today’s cloud-based technologies are making it easier than ever for savvy small businesses to offer their customers an always-on, always-available and always-reliable service.
A recent article on the technology news website InformationWeek highlights some of the most important tools in ensuring business technology resiliency. The article cites eight technologies that Forrester Research advises infrastructure and operations professionals to keep an eye on in 2013 and beyond. Of the eight, three in particular resonate with small businesses
- Cloud-based disaster recovery services: In the event of data loss or a natural disaster, using cloud-based backup services preserves and protects your data off-site. This enables your business to be up and running again quickly after a disaster. Compared to in-house solutions or traditional disaster recovery services, cloud-based alternatives may also offer significant cost savings.
- Cloud storage innovations: The cost of data storage hardware really adds up. Fortunately, new tools are making it possible for many businesses to substitute inexpensive cloud storage for costly servers and disk libraries.
- File syncing and mobile access: File syncing and mobile access tools help harness the potential of your cloud-based storage and disaster recovery backup tools. The InformationWeek article suggests you keep an eye out for new solutions that offer both information access and protection.
While these new tools can benefit small businesses, some find it challenging to keep up with their existing technology. A prime example is Windows XP. Since Microsoft will soon discontinue support and upgrades for this aging operating system, continuing to rely on it is a risky choice for any company. Even so, a large number of small businesses continue running the outdated Windows XP system.
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Source: InformationWeek, March 2013
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