As more companies continue to deploy cloud computing and virtualization services to improve IT efficiency and control costs, they need to update their backup and disaster recovery strategies to ensure their information is protected, a backup service provider recently stated.

Many businesses have found they can utilize cloud computing and virtualization solutions to drive down their IT expenditures. However, in a recent study of 3,000 IT practitioners conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 73 percent of small- and medium-sized businesses indicated the technologies have changed their backup and disaster recovery strategies.

According to the report, the next phase of virtualization adoption must address disaster recovery and backup in virtual environments. To achieve this, the service provider recommends companies approach their virtual infrastructure strategies with the same urgency as they do their physical servers.

The need for disaster recovery and backup solutions is apparent, as the adoption of virtualization increases. According to the same study, SMB virtual server deployments will increase to 33 percent in 2011, up from 22 percent in 2010.

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