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Backing up to the cloud requires new approach to bandwidth
This article is part of the Vol. 10 Num. 2 April 2011 issue of Storage magazine
Can you use cloud storage for backup? Sure, but beware the bandwidth and transfer issues that can arise, and take note of the progress several key vendors have made in this space. As data growth and the costs associated with it keep rising, leveraging storage infrastructure hosted by a service provider and made available to subscribers over a network is gaining in popularity. That means cloud storage resources are frequently being combined with existing, on-premises backup technologies to provide off-site copies for long-term retention and, in some cases, for just-in-case-of-a-disaster copies. In addition, a few vendors are attacking the issue of bandwidth and optimizing cloud backup storage to ensure the implementation is up to the task and, importantly, makes fiscal sense. Interest in cloud storage ESG polled 611 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing and/or operating corporate IT and data centers in North America and Western Europe and found 61% were using or interested in using infrastructure as a service (...
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