Business leaders and IT professionals don't often like to think about contingency plans. It seems like the more a company plans for a disaster, the more it expects one to occur. This attitude doesn't necessarily cause arrogance or ignorance, but what it can result in is too little attention paid to business continuity plans, of which disaster recovery is a significant component. Denying the problem doesn't make it any less likely to occur, but it can mean taking a harder hit to business-critical functionality if it does. These businesses, in addition to those that do seek out extensive disaster recovery plans, should be aware of the strengths of enterprise cloud computing.

Part of what will drive security and business continuity improvement in enterprise clouds is the oversight inherent in the cloud computing model, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. Cloud service providers and adopters enter into agreements in which CSPs are responsible for protecting another business' resources, be it data, infrastructure or IT. Further developments in cloud partner programs will only increase the number of businesses that are directly responsible for upholding the integrity of another's networked resources.

Increased flexibility is one of the characteristics driving disaster recovery plans in the cloud, according to the news source. CSPs can implement more contingency plans and a more effective level of redundancy while using less resources.

In-synch data in the enterprise cloud
Two enterprise cloud attributes are also able to alleviate the challenges of maintaining optimal redundancy – synchronization and archiving. Companies may want to retain some business-critical operations in house or in a smaller on-premises data center for security or performance reasons, reported InformationWeek. If these data applications are synched in the business and the cloud, a disaster that temporarily affects on-site or business-housed operations does not have to deter further work. Organizations can switch over to the cloud for operations and then redeploy their applications in house after the system has been fixed. In an IaaS cloud, this process can be even easier.

Data archival strategies can also help to alleviate or eliminate the ill effects of disasters and maintain business continuity, InformationWeek reported. Adopting businesses can work with CSPs to develop strategies that store key data, or information that will be essential should a disaster arise, in easily accessible and redundant points. Although not all disasters are preventable, the reverberating catastrophes that befall an unprepared business can be.