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GUEST VIEW: Saving your business from IT disaster

Charles Clarke | July 31, 2013
There are several key benefits for adopting cloud-based solutions as part of a modern data protection strategy for SMBs.

As reflected in a study conducted by Forrester, cloud adoption rates among companies in Singapore have been on an upward trend over the years, rising from 53 percent in 2010 to 84 percent as of end 2012. Thus, it may come as no surprise that Singapore has the third highest cloud adoption rate in the Asia-Pacific region after Australia and Japan, and is touted as one of the most virtualised markets in the world.

However, one common misconception among the SMB community is that investment in 'the cloud' is restricted to large enterprises, which is not the case. SMBs should not feel bound by legacy backup solutions designed for on-premise that were built for technology 15 years ago. Given how nimble today's SMBs are, they are often in a much better position to think more creatively about ways to prepare for disaster recovery as part of a broader data protection approach.

With the introduction of virtualisation, cloud computing, and many more applications, the aging data protection technology used by most companies today is simply no longer adequate. Having the flexibility to choose, coupled with a clear understanding of what type of backup solution best fits your business, are key considerations for today's modern approach to data protection.

Benefits of utilising the cloud

It is critical for any organisation to have offsite storage solutions for backups. However, it is amazing that many organisations in fact, do not. We often see backups stored through more traditional methods such as tape backup, but such forms run the risk of being perishable, subject to magnetism, partial to user error and more importantly, recovering data this way can often be a time-consuming and difficult process. Tape can aid in backup archiving, but it is not ideal at reducing exposure following an outage, and recovery options are often limited and lengthy.

Taking a virtualised approach to data protection, including the likes of virtualised backup and replication solutions, is not a new concept for SMBs. However, the same cannot be said about hosting backup solutions in the cloud. This cloud-based approach represents a new paradigm for SMBs. Leveraging tools for virtualisation to provide for multi-tiering storage serves as an important alternative for SMBs seeking powerful and non-disruptive solutions with minimum interruption to local backups or recovery operations.

There are also several key benefits for adopting cloud-based solutions as part of a modern data protection strategy. This includes financial benefits, as cloud storage services are often billed on a 'per use' basis in terms of capacity. This makes it easy for business owners to budget for the storage they need for disaster recovery, rather than invest in an expensive storage array. When SMBs explore the possibility of making a move to the cloud, some believe there is elasticity associated with cloud-based storage - storage in infinite - however, SMBs only need to pay for what they use.


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