Disaster recovery is an important tool that keeps firms running efficiently, as the solutions allow organizations to access mission-critical data and applications, like fax or messaging services, during emergencies.

Traditionally, high costs lead small and medium-sized businesses to only back up the most important information and hope productivity wouldn't be plagued by a crippling event. However, the introduction of cloud computing is allowing small firms to change their approach to business continuity, according to an InfoWorld report.

SMBs can now store large volumes of information in outsourced environments for a low price. As a result, decision-makers don't need to determine which pieces of data are absolutely critical, as they can store any amount of resources they see fit and only pay for the capacity used, InfoWorld noted.

As the consumerization of IT pushes firms toward mobility, access to recovery environments, regardless of location, device and time, will become more important in 2012, according to a Doyenz report. Additionally, more SMBs will demand the ability to reach applications, like online fax and analytic tools, during emergencies, pushing more organizations to deploy cloud-based disaster recovery plans.