More enterprises are willing to consider cloud backup services as an option for the backup portion of their overall disaster recovery needs, according to independent research conducted on behalf of cloud backup recovery software vendors, Asigra.
Specifically, the data from TechValidate shows that 66 percent of enterprise IT departments are considering cloud backup as they mull plans to update their current backup systems over the next 18 months, Asigra reports. Expanding volumes of data is one of the most common motivators prompting enterprises to reconsider their overall strategy vis a vis backup, the data shows.
According to the TechValidate data, the three most common top priorities of IT professionals who are considering new backup solutions are:
- Recovery time
- Secure data protection
- Affordability and reliability
VARs and MSPs can help potential customers evaluate existing and potential backup options with these factors in mind. “Companies need to do an internal assessment and determine what their recovery time objectives are for their data — what data needs to be restored immediately and what data can be restored later without causing too much disruption,” said Eran Farajun, Asigra’s executive vice president, in a statement. “They also need to determine what the cost is for recovering both young and old data.”
Benefits of cloud backup include risk mitigation (especially if a company doesn’t have ANYTHING else) and the ability to spread costs out over time (minimal capital investments).