While the effects of the recent earthquake in Japan will be felt for some time, companies that utilize cloud computing as part of their disaster recovery and business continuity efforts will find they can mitigate many of the challenges stemming from the catastrophe.

According to a recent E-Commerce Times report, the majority of cloud computing data centers in Tokyo remain operational despite the earthquake. And while many are cautious in their analysis, businesses in the technology industry remain optimistic about their recovery efforts, the report stated.

In a recent report, Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst David Chapa said the effects of the Japan earthquake and the subsequent tsunami in Hawaii serve as a reminder of the importance of having a disaster recovery plan in place.

"Now is the time to take the testing of your DR plan seriously - or rewriting or creating your DR plan," Chapa wrote. "Know that you can recover in the event there is a major disaster."

Companies in Asia Pacific have been relatively slower than their Western counterparts to adopt cloud computing technology. However, cloud adoption is beginning to increase throughout the region, as companies turn to the cloud for online backup and security solutions, according to a recent AMI Partners report.

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