In the light of the Christchurch earthquake and then the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami, disaster recovery for businesses has become a hot topic.
IT journalist Sourya Biswas says:
"I have argued that one of the advantages of cloud computing, quite contrary to popular perception, is security.... the ability of a business to recover from such calamities and return to one’s feet can be one of the major attractions of cloud computing."
Darren Greenwood, of ZDNet says concerning the Christchurch quake:
"As businesses recover from the havoc the quake wreaked, it is becoming clear who fared best. Those who stored their data offsite were least affected, and cloud computing was shown to be good for data recovery. Analysts say that, given this, the quake will send firms to the cloud, especially since it makes it easier for staff to work from home in quake-affected areas."
Another, Mitch Jones, of US firm Centrom notes:
"Research reports out of New Zealand indicate that a great many Kiwis already rely on Cloud Computing as a means of preserving their business data and networks, enabling their ability to return to work much sooner when these events are encountered. A recent study by Microsoft found that New Zealand is the most cloud savvy country in the Asia Pacific region, with 81 percent of Kiwi companies viewing cloud computing as a priority."
My prediction is that these types of disasters will help firms rethink their whole IT strategy and consider putting all their work into cloud environments. This will be both highly useful in case of disaster recovery and highly cost effective.