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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

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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 having to fund/build one. Organizations gain additional infrastructure assets, but at a fraction of the cost. The capital costs of equipment, as well as the operational costs of floor space, staff, energy, maintenance, software and equipment updates can be eliminated. Redundancy to support business continuity (BC) requirements is often inherent, without the additional costs typically expected in a do-it-yourself model.

This was first published in April 2012

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