Somewhere along the road—on your journey to the cloud backup of your data—you must have heard the buzz about “Big Data”. What is this big data?  Does it have an impact on the kind of cloud backup you select for your organization?  It certainly does. You need to know what it is and how it can affect your choices!

There are several opinions on what “Big data” really means in the context of cloud backup. A few data analysts firmly believe that big data refers to legacy data systems including traditional data warehousing systems that do not have to be captured using cloud technologies. Others disagree and state that big data refers to real time operational data that drives the business and is the primary foundation for cloud backup. However, cloud backup vendors and online transaction analysts have added further dimensions to the definition of big data. These definitions point out that big data refers to:

  1. The speed at which information flows into the primary backup systems
  2. The volumes that are generated
  3. the kind of information that needs to be handled and tracked
  4. Data velocity, variety, volume and complexity

Big data speaks for itself. Big data is your concern. You must understand and appreciate its significance as you move from your LAN/WAN to cloud based backup systems. The data volumes in your enterprise are burgeoning. The data sources have diversified and you have as much data coming in form online sources as form offline sources. Your database and applications need to be more dynamic, flexible and the database schema format needs to be designed to handle both structured and unstructured data. Your competitiveness in the market is determinant upon your capacity to handle and extract value from your data repositories. In other words, you need to backup your data into the cloud and let the cloud work for you.

Cloud backup and restore systems are scalable, highly available, dynamic, flexible and agile. Optimized performance, ease of use and low cost of ownership are other attributes that make the cloud attractive. Cloud backups support business processes and enables progressive data management and acts as a data store for critical production applications. Cloud backup software can deliver analytical capabilities and tailor made solutions that can help you manage big data effectively. The powerful features are set to service the demands of the operations environment. The right cloud backup software architecture can handle petabytes of information and thousands of concurrent users or operations per second or dish out smaller volumes of data for smaller enterprises.