Ovum: Organizations should consider cloud-based backup and recovery

InsightaaS: Ovum’s StraightTalk blogsite provides a central portal for opinions from Europe’s best-recognized IT analyst firm. In this post, software analyst Amrita Choudhury urges organizations to consider cloud-based backup and recovery - a trend which is already well underway in North America - and adds some information on the requirements and benefits associated with backup to and continuity services through the cloud.

The last decade has seen massive growth in data volumes and there has been a corresponding seismic shift in the way in which organizations deal with data. While storage technology has become relatively affordable and improved, it has struggled to keep pace with the data growth. Storage infrastructure expansion can be costly and is a continual process. Freeing up storage capacity is never an easy decision, with business requirements and regulatory compliance obliging organizations to have effective backup and disaster-recovery mechanisms in place.

Cloud-based storage has been a catalyst for major change in the backup and recovery arena. It also provides several benefits, including scalability, flexibility, accessibility, monitoring ease, and affordable pricing. Ovum believes that cloud-based backup and recovery is a viable proposition for many organizations, and could help mitigate one of the biggest headaches of IT departments and CIOs.

Using cloud for backup and recovery eases data-management pressures

Traditionally, backup and recovery has been considered an IT function, with businesses often considering it as a lesser priority. However, over the last decade, the transformation in business operations, IT penetration, and growth in consumerization have put tremendous pressure on data integrity...

Read the entire post: http://ovum.com/2014/03/20/organizations-should-consider-cloud-based-backup-and-recovery/