As organizations grow and expand, the numbers of data-backup-endpoints multiply. Each new addition increases costs of backup. Each new computing platform adds to the expense and complexity of backup. Cost components will include backup software installations, purchase of larger number of licenses, the types of platforms and operating systems deployed, and additional manpower required for monitoring and maintenance of IT systems. The list of accounting line-items can be endless. The process of identifying the line items itself may be expensive.
Here are few cost elements you can get rid of if you sign up for a Cloud backup service:
Endpoint Backup and License Management: Most Cloud backup services have no limit backup offer for small and medium enterprises. You can backup any number of IT systems with no additional license requirements.
Proprietary Backup Software: Unlike traditional systems which require proprietary software packages for backup, the Cloud packages all types of backup processes—online, remote and onsite—into a single management interface. Users can select the type of backup process they want to perform from the central management console and the data will be backed up to the remote, online or local server as specified.
IT Storage Infrastructure Procurement Plans: Scalable storage volumes can be obtained on demand and can be paid for on the basis of the amount of data that is actually backed up. This results in ridding the enterprise of the need to plan for IT infrastructure expansion upfront and budget for storage. Peaks and troughs in data generation (due to highs and lows in business) can be handled on the fly.
Special Efforts for Data Archival and Disaster Recovery: Built in archival concepts allows users to retire data that is no longer in use into cheaper systems using BLM technology and to retain active transaction data in online data stores for ease of retrieval and disaster recovery.
Multi-Platform Data Management Issues: Multi-platform data management issues are abstracted to and handled by the Cloud backup service. Users have to just download the appropriate plug-ins for the different platforms and tweak the backup settings in the centralized management console to backup data from disparate Windows Servers such as SQL, Exchange, NetApp or Hyper-V or servers running on Linux or Mac operating Systems.
Network Bandwidth Issues: The network used is the Internet. It is ubiquitous and available everywhere. It can be made available instantly to the remote branch or mobile work at locally available speeds a small cost.