Toronto enterprises to spend on cloud computing: AT&T survey

Telecom Lead America: According to an AT&T survey,
majority of Toronto enterprises will make investments in areas such as mobile
applications (37 percent), cloud computing (35 percent) and security solutions
(27 percent) in 2012.

85 percent of Toronto-area enterprises have developed
business continuity plans to fight against adverse conditions.

A third of respondents said business continuity plans are
a priority in recent years due to natural disasters and security issues,
according to a survey by AT&T.

57 percent of executives are either currently using cloud
or considering using it as part of their business continuity plan. Executives
frequently use cloud computing for data storage (40 percent) and Web servers
(37 percent).

79 percent report their IT budgets will be higher in 2012
than in the previous two years.

Mobile major AT&T deploys its Network Disaster
Recovery (NDR) team that can recover vital networks services in an effort that
would otherwise take weeks or months. It offers business continuity services,
including disaster planning, risk management, recovery preparedness and
communications readiness.

“Today’s businesses are more connected than ever and
it is essential that communities and leading organizations continue to prepare
for and establish a response to these unexpected situations,” said Kelly
Morrison, senior technical specialist, AT&T NDR.

AT&T will be conducting a full-scale NDR simulation
from May 4 through May 7 at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition Grounds.

These NDR exercises simulate the loss of a network office
due to disaster and are designed to test, refine and strengthen AT&T’s
business continuity and disaster recovery services in order to minimize network


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