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Integrated cloud backup
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 11 Num. 2 April 2012
One of the most expedient ways to realize the economic benefits of cloud storage is to integrate your current backup or DR operations with a cloud backup service. Cloud services adoption is growing, and last year’s tire-kickers are making real investments today. Research from Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) found that 74% of IT departments will increase 2012 spending on public cloud computing services to help contain costs, while 63% plan to increase spending on server virtualization software or begin to build out a private cloud on top of their existing virtualized infrastructure (ESG Research Report, 2012 IT Spending Intentions Survey, January 2012). For many, the on-ramp to the cloud is the integration of on-premises functions with cloud infrastructure. A relatively easy “entry point” to cloud storage services is to integrate on-premises backup operations with a cloud-based service. Cloud-based storage and computing provide off-site, long-term storage and/or a disaster recovery (DR) platform without ...
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