The data backup and disaster recovery markets are heading for cloud-based solutions as more businesses realize the potential of moving critical assets to hosted environments. In an interview with Industry Perspective, Bill Hobbib, vice president of marketing at a backup service provider, explained how cloud backup is gaining traction as a viable recovery option.
Hobbib told the news source that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are especially gravitating toward the cloud for backup and recovery.
“SMBs will find cloud providers to be a good answer for their end-to-end backup needs, even as a primary backup target,” Hobbib told Industry Perspective. “Mid-market and enterprise businesses will have their primary backups onsite and will turn to the cloud for some disaster-recovery purposes.”
SMBs may lack the resources of large companies, but they can still protect their most critical assets from major disruptions. Cloud computing is a cost-effective technology that does not require firms to pay upfront for services. The solution is also highly scalable, meaning that more storage capacity can be added or reduced.
Save time, money with cloud backup
Organizations thinking about how to improve their IT infrastructure for disaster recovery purposes may want to consider the advantages of cloud computing. Not only do hosted environments keep mission-critical data safe because information is stored off-site, they also help firms in other ways. Since most of the maintenance of managing clouds is handled by the service providers, companies themselves do not have to worry about such tasks, freeing up other resources.
In an interview with TechTarget, Forrester Research Senior Analyst Rachel Dines said the cloud is also effective for backup purposes because it makes corporate data accessible through a network, which helps businesses save time recovering from a disruption. Dines also highlighted the fact that businesses leveraging cloud backup do not have to actually perform or schedule the backups themselves.
“So a lot of the burden of the day-to-day task of managing the backups in the cloud world is offset from an end user,” Dines told TechTarget.
A disaster can strike when a company least expects it, placing employees and critical infrastructure in harm’s way if businesses are not prepared. Cloud backup makes it easier for organizations to respond to a major disruption so operational downtime is minimized.