res_4011962_internet_of_things_458The Internet of Things (IoT) has moved from theory into a real-life innovation. Its drive to connect humans and technology for a higher standard of living has created cars that connect with smartphones, hospital devices that monitor patient vitals remotely, and even Wi-Fi-enabled refrigerators. Yet, none of these things (and more) would have been possible without the proper collection of data to learn from and act upon. IoT runs on data – one could even say it is the data.

Gartner predicts that, “about 25 billion ‘things’ not counting smartphones, tablets, and computers, will be connected to the IoT by 2020.”¹ That’s a lot of data – and it presents a major issue: the security of that data. Knowing where to store, read and act upon such a large amount of information can make or break IoT success. As Gartner states, “A majority of business processes will be impacted by the Internet of Things (IoT), creating pressure on IT leaders to evolve systems and infrastructure to adapt.”² Privacy violations, incorrect data translation and lost or stolen information are just a fraction of the issues companies face with IoT implementation.

IoT requires a robust IT resiliency strategy. We live in an era of continuous business operations. People now expect an always-on business, and this makes being offline unacceptable. For enterprise survival, business continuity is key. It starts with a plan that works, in all circumstances – and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is the answer. Putting your data in a cloud environment keeps it accessible to those who need it, but DRaaS helps keep it secure from intrusion. It empowers recovery of data with conviction and confidence.

With DRaaS, there are two ways to protect data: Replication and Backups. Replication can be used for fast recovery when you catch an issue quickly. But if the replicated data is affected by a virus or corruption, an offsite backup ensures you can roll back far enough to get a clean version of your data. So, the best way to protect your organization is to have both replication-based and backup-based disaster recovery.

When looking for a DRaaS provider, find one that covers all forms of data security and protection: replication and backups, and varied datacenter locations. Consider a provider with comprehensive and tailored offerings to best suit your business environment.

IoT represents an exciting time in human history, but it’s the future we prepare for. At Bluelock, we help you get there.

 

About Bluelock DRaaS:

With our public, private, and hybrid cloud capabilities, as well as advanced security options, you can have complete confidence in the security and accessibility of your data. We offer a flexible, tailored approach to designing disaster recovery plans for our clients, and provide proactive help with planning, testing and ongoing management. This is uncommon for DRaaS providers. With end-to-end management of data, we execute the recovery process as an immersive extension of your IT team.

Business continuity to support your IoT strategy starts at Bluelock. Not only do we maximize your IT spending, but also – more importantly – we tailor your cloud solution to fit your complex business needs. Our solutions use top-ranking datacenters in the US, which contributes to world-class security, flexibility and first-class performance. Our proactive support team helps keep the lights on so that your business can continue running when something goes awry. This allows your valuable IT talent to focus on strategic business initiatives.

 

Sources:
1, 2 Gartner. “Predicts 2016: Unexpected Implications Arising From the Internet of Things” Dec. 2015
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