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The modern disaster recovery market explained

Last updated:March 2019

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.

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 gaining popularity among organizations looking to reduce downtime, and disaster recovery in virtual environments is being increasingly implemented.

When used properly, virtual DR can simplify otherwise complex 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 (BC/DR) plan remains an important 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. With the rising concerns of cybersecurity threats, even these DR mainstays are getting some updates.

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 DR strategy. 

1Take advantage of cloud DR

The cloud is thriving in the modern disaster recovery market, and the use of multiple clouds for DR is starting to make a splash. Cloud recovery services may boast ease of use, but ensure that you've performed the necessary testing and preparation beforehand.

2Crafting 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.

3Recovering 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 a big risk, so make sure you're taking the appropriate measures to protect your data, and keeping recovery in mind.

4Glossary

With an ever-changing DR market, there may be some concepts you're not as familiar with. Here are five terms to know when taking a look at disaster recovery today.

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