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Move to the cloud needed for businesses for disaster recovery purposes

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As natural disasters have ravaged towns and companies nationwide, many businesses have realized the need for disaster recovery procedures.

Reports have revealed that companies experiencing significant data loss can be greatly affected. In fact, PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted a study that discovered 70 percent of small businesses that undergo a major data loss go under within a year.

Thus, the need for effective disaster recovery processes has increased, and cloud computing has become an attractive option. With the cloud being a virtualized setting managed by a third-party vendor, companies with their data stored in it can access it remotely and relatively quickly. Unless the vendor's servers are damaged as well, a company's data is hardly ever lost for good if it is in the cloud.

One technology and disaster recovery expert advised companies of all sizes to "keep all the non-sensitive and non-super secret information in the cloud, and have a separate backup system for the data that you can't keep in the cloud."

For companies that store sensitive information, ensuring this data is safe is essential, lest any companies engage in lawsuits regarding professional liability with clients.  

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