2013: The year of online backup

2013: The year of online backup

January 18

Large companies with vast resources and staff have often been at the forefront of major technological innovations. These firms could spend more money than small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), which were shut out in many instances. However, SMBs and other organizations no longer have to stay on the sidelines, thanks to effective new tech options like online backup solutions.

An online backup vendor recently predicted that SMBs, educational institutions and local governments will all likely use backup solutions in 2013. Firms will also gravitate to online backup to meet compliance regulations.

The service provider explained that online backup is advantageous because organizations do not have to spend as much time maintaining such environments compared to on-premise deployments. This is because most backup vendors handle such workloads, rather than foisting them on the client.

Last year was viewed as significant for the evolution of online backup, according to the vendor, because SMBs finally could adopt such solutions without breaking the bank. In the past, SMBs would have likely implemented multiple technologies to address their backup and disaster recovery needs, but this is no longer the case.

Online backup for disaster recovery
Organizations that implement online backup for recovery purposes can make sure mission-critical data remains accessible and out of harm’s way during disruptions. In recent years, backup technologies have become more affordable, making it possible for more companies to take advantage of these options.

Electric Light & Power recently reported that recovery solutions will be important for a majority of firms in 2013, especially considering that the costs of launching such systems have declined in recent years. Aman Munglani, researcher director at Gartner, said businesses large and small will be big proponents of backup for recovery this year.

“The fact of the matter is yes, it is becoming a lot more affordable and manageable, and the complexity of disaster recovery solutions has come down enormously in the last few years,” Munglani said, according to the report.

Some companies may have never experienced a major disaster, making businesses comfortable with their decision to not implement online backup or other solutions. However, a disruption can come in the form of a fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake or other devastating incident. Organizations that are prepared are better off the long run because their data is protected and accessible, minimizing downtime.