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The Evolution Of Disaster Recovery: A Glimpse Into The Future

The escalating threat environment has led to an increased demand for comprehensive solutions for swift disaster recovery.

By Peter Moorhead

In the current era of technology, where information is vital for businesses and organizations, the process of recovering from a disaster has become crucial in operational plans. As companies journey through a period characterized by rapid technological progress and unforeseen obstacles, the environment is experiencing noteworthy changes.

In response to escalating cyber risks, a remarkable 60% of large UK corporations have opted to delegate their cybersecurity operations. The primary rationales provided for this strategic choice include acquiring access to specialized expertise, abundant resources, and unwavering adherence to security standards.

Through the delegation of cybersecurity, corporations can focus on their core activities while relying on skilled partners to protect against potential catastrophes. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey uncovers that cyber assaults continue to present a substantial peril to UK corporations.

In 2022, 39% of surveyed corporations acknowledged encountering cyber incidents. These assaults, frequently intricate and challenging to forestall, have transformed the perception of cybersecurity from a possibility into an inevitable reality. The escalating threat environment has led to an increased demand for comprehensive solutions for swift disaster recovery.

Cloud computing remains at the heart of digital transformation strategies, with an impressive 93% of corporations recognizing its significance. As organizations progressively shift data to the cloud, concerns regarding data security are surging. The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) emphasizes that the more data is migrated to the cloud, the greater the need for robust protection mechanisms. Amidst this transition, corporations must ensure that their disaster recovery strategies align with evolving cloud requirements to effectively safeguard critical assets.

Given the troubling figures provided, companies should consider embracing a solution called Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This cloud-computing model allows companies to not just address current cybersecurity threats by ensuring continuous data protection, but also to acquire the essential expertise, resources, and directives needed to navigate the complex field of cybersecurity effectively.

Uninterrupted Data Preservation: Beyond Conventional Backups

Traditionally, disaster mitigation revolved around periodic backups—daily, weekly, or even monthly. While these backups provided a safety precaution, they also posed a risk of potential data loss for any information generated between backup intervals.

With uninterrupted data preservation, it is transforming the field of disaster recovery by promptly capturing changes to data in real-time or nearly real-time. This implies that in the event of a catastrophe, data can be restored to the last saved state, minimizing the loss of information. Businesses can achieve detailed recovery checkpoints, guaranteeing that even the most recent transactions are protected.

Selecting the Appropriate Solution

Customized for varied demands, the idea that one solution fits everyone does not hold true, especially when it comes to disaster recovery. As companies expand in terms of their size, operations, and technological framework, there is an increasingly urgent need for disaster recovery solutions that cater specifically to their requirements.

Moving forward, strategies will place emphasis on a more tailored approach. This entails thoroughly evaluating an organization’s unique needs, comprehending the intricacies of its operations, and then implementing a recovery solution that perfectly aligns with them. Whether it is a small business seeking cost-efficient cloud backups or a multinational corporation in need of hybrid disaster recovery solutions, the future revolves around customization and accuracy.

Skyrocketing Cloud Adoption: The New Frontier

The cloud has undeniably transformed the way businesses operate, and its influence on disaster recovery is profound. The flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of cloud solutions make them an attractive proposition for disaster recovery.

As companies look ahead to the future, cloud adoption for catastrophe recovery purposes is set to grow exponentially. Organizations are moving beyond traditional on-premises setups and are embracing cloud-based solutions that offer robust protection against disasters. Moreover, the cloud facilitates quicker recovery times, ensuring business continuity even in the face of major disruptions.

Bracing for More: The Rise in Disaster Expectancy

As technology progresses, it not only provides better security but also presents fresh obstacles. The number of cyber dangers, data violations, and weaknesses in infrastructure is increasing. Moreover, there is a growing frequency of environmental dangers caused by climate change, which also contributes to improving our planet’s well-being.

Building a Greener Future

Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword—it’s a necessity. As the world grapples with environmental challenges, there’s a growing emphasis on green IT practices, and disaster recovery is no exception. Future strategies will incorporate eco-friendly practices, such as energy-efficient data centers, sustainable hardware disposal methods, and the use of renewable energy sources.

The future of disaster recovery is both dynamic and promising. As challenges evolve, so do the solutions designed to combat them. By embracing continuous data protection, tailoring DR solutions, leveraging the power of the cloud, preparing for increased disaster risks, and championing sustainability, businesses can navigate the digital future with confidence and resilience.


Moorhead has over eighteen years’ experience in cyber security leadership roles across three Tier 1 IT Service Providers, with a proven track record of successfully delivering IT Security Solutions including Pre-Sales, Managed Services and Consultancy on large-scale projects. He has led the security design on some of the company’s largest Managed Services contracts, and part of his role at Telefónica Tech UK&I is to align the security strategy in the UK and to lead innovation for new services.

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