As more businesses succumb to overwhelming data demands, many are seeking the help of cloud service providers for flexible data recovery solutions, which has been a major factor behind the flourishing global disaster-recovery-as-a-service market.

According to a recent TechNavio analysis, the DRaaS market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 54.64 percent between 2014 and 2018. The global market has been experiencing a sharp uptick in demand as more organizations seek hybrid disaster recovery solutions that combine data backup through off-site storage with a local, in-house copy of mission-critical files.

Additionally, the report found that the growing dependence on cloud computing is leading to a lack of proper checks on data backup, which could become a substantial barrier to further growth in the market. However, vendors that offer comprehensive solutions such as fault tolerance, eliminates single points of failure by having cloud nodes geographically dispersed. This guarantees that backup methods are operating at full capacity by delivering both recovery point and recovery time objectives for every application type.

Working with cloud service providers to achieve successful disaster recovery
It's also important for businesses that use cloud backup and recovery services to test the systems they have in place with the providers they are working with.

"To give your organization the best shot at success during a disaster, you need to put a current, tested plan in the hands of all personnel responsible for carrying out any part of that plan," noted Computerworld contributors Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel.

Another study, which was conducted by the antivirus solutions provider AVG Technologies, found that 37 percent of small and midsize business owners spent more time organizing their desks and ordering business cards than prioritizing protocols for data backup and recovery.

Engaging in test exercises with vendors can assist organizations in preparing for the real thing by exposing any potential weaknesses that need to be corrected. The purpose of these tests is to equip companies and cloud service providers with invaluable information in regard to how an organization is able to carry out critical business functions in the event of a disaster, which also helps ensure that backup and recovery systems work as they're supposed to when put in practice.

For many companies, cloud-based disaster recovery solutions is often the first step, or experience, with cloud computing – before the decision is made to migrate entire workloads and servers to the cloud. Cloud service providers that have demonstrated the simplicity and convenience of their disaster recovery solutions are a major reason why there has been such a dramatic push on the part of global organizations to take advantage of such services.

Deploying quick, reliable and effective cloud-based disaster recovery solutions through cloud service providers is key to supporting business continuity and achieving peace of mind by knowing mission-critical data can be retrieved from anywhere, regardless of the nature of a company's IT environment.