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Lots of choices for cloud backup
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 11 Num. 2 April 2012
The oldest cloud storage services have matured into a variety of data protection offerings that can meet the needs of most enterprises. But there are key points to keep in mind. "Get your data out of the building” is the best advice I can give about data protection, and it’s the part of the process many organizations still struggle with. Too many companies fall short when a crisis hits because they were either still planning or had made their data protection “solution” so convoluted that it failed when they tried to put it into use. Backup as a service With all the talk about “the cloud,” cloud backup -- or backup as a service (BaaS) -- seems like a natural solution to the problem of getting data off-site. It may be true in some cases, but you need to be very clear on a few key points: Recognize that your primary business motivation in considering a service-based model is to reduce the operational implications of backup. The good news is that you won’t have to manage it nearly as much. The bad news is that you don’t get to ...
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