The modern disaster recovery market explained

Last updated:September 2017

Editor's note

A steady rise in cybersecurity attacks and an ever-changing IT landscape have shaped the disaster recovery market in recent years. As with any technology, disaster recovery products and processes have evolved with the times, sometimes rapidly.

Ransomware is the No. 1 cybersecurity threat snatching headlines these days, and it's no wonder. Major attacks, such as WannaCry, have shaken IT pros across the globe, and created a renewed urgency for proper ransomware protection.

Prior to these large scale attacks, it wasn't uncommon for organizations to question the need for ransomware preparation and protection. Now, it is likely considered a priority.

While ransomware protection had a quick ascension in the disaster recovery market, other modern DR trends have seen a more subtle rise. Cloud disaster recovery is not new, but is gaining popularity among organizations looking to reduce downtime. Disaster recovery in virtual environments is also being implemented.

When used properly, virtual disaster recovery can simplify otherwise complex DR processes. There is an emphasis on properly, however. With both cloud and virtual DR, experts cannot recommend enough testing and preparation to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Speaking of preparation, a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan has always been a part of the disaster recovery process. Restoring business continuity in a timely manner after a disaster is vital to most, if not all organizations, and having a plan in place is a vital part of that.

However, with the rise of cybersecurity threats and a slew of new technologies on the market, the average BC/DR plan has a whole list of additional requirements that need to be met.

This guide offers an in-depth look at what's shaping the disaster recovery market, tips on how to implement some of the newer options and a rundown of any weaknesses to keep an eye on when deciding on a disaster recovery strategy. 

1Crafting a business continuity and disaster recovery plan

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning can be a costly and time-consuming process. However, now more than ever, organizations are taking the time to develop a thorough BC/DR plan incorporating cybersecurity precautions. Along with putting you a step ahead when faced with a disaster, a BC/DR plan can help with compliance and can minimize data loss.

2Recovering from ransomware

It would be hard to pinpoint an issue that's been grabbing more headlines in the disaster recovery market than ransomware. Analysts agree that skimping on ransomware protection these days is taking a huge chance, so make sure you're taking the appropriate measures to protect your data, and keep recovery in mind.