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Cloud backup is ready for the enterprise
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of March 2012
Cloud backup services have seen increased adoption by SMBs, but with a choice of methods and tighter controls, cloud backup is now also a viable enterprise alternative. Backup was one of the first services offered by cloud storage vendors, and it’s still the most popular way of using cloud storage. Once considered an option for only smaller companies, some enterprises are now using cloud backup for remote office and desktop/laptop data protection, archival and off-siting of backups to supplement existing in-house backup services. The benefits of backing up to the cloud are compelling: no need for backup infrastructure, minimal IT resource requirements and usage-based pricing that becomes part of your monthly operational expenses. But the benefits are offset by security concerns and restore challenges, especially if a lot of data must be restored from the cloud. With accelerated adoption of cloud services, cloud-based backup options have substantially increased, giving companies several alternatives: Backup managed service ...
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