In the first two parts of this series, we predicted that disaster recovery would remain a major selling point for companies and that small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) would continue to be a large area of opportunity for solutions providers. Now, let’s take a look at one last prediction for the rapidly growing disaster recovery space.
Prediction #3: Disaster recovery for remote offices will grow
Remote workers and offices are drastically growing and representing a huge shift in the business environment. Remote working entails many advantages which are becoming increasingly realized. A report by International Data Corp. (IDC) shows that the mobile workforce will peak at 1.3 billion people by 2015. This will represent about 37 percent of the world’s overall workforce. This heavy growth of remote workers (or telecommuters, mobile workers) will only call for a greater need of supporting remote offices. This in turn will require a greater need for disaster recovery plans and preparedness within remote offices.
In fact, a recent Sepaton enterprise survey revealed that 11 percent of data in enterprise data centers was protected by a “less-than-adequate” DR plan, with 15 percent of remote offices saying the same. Apparently, this is an improvement from when the survey was conducted that time the previous year, where over one-third of data in remote offices was unprotected from potential disasters. This is bound to change – and considering the rapid growth of remote working, we’re likely to see this change very soon.
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