For over a decade, there was a familiar rhythm to data backup. Data was created and backed up, only to be created and backed up again. The mechanism for data backup remained unchanged for many years. Whether the data was backed up to tape or disk, hardware backup – most all of it onsite – was standard operating procedure for most companies.
The reality however is that using physical hardware for data backup and storage is costly – increasingly costly. A traditional data center includes backup devices consisting of software, hardware, power supplies and networking equipment. Each of these components carries its own overhead. Not to be overlooked are the soft dollar costs incurred in data backup including labor and overall facility costs.
As the Cloud becomes more mainstreamed, businesses that heretofore wrote off outsourcing data backup have given the Cloud more than a second glance.
The Cloud offers Scalability the Onsite Storage Solutions Can’t Match
The advent of cloud datacenter storage lets businesses utilize a more cost effective solution for data storage. Lower labor costs and eliminating the need for an actual physical location are just the beginning. As big data backup needs stress the physical limitations of onsite hardware and facilities, the scalability of cloud backup coupled with increased organizational efficiency are quickly becoming the new normal. With Cloud backup, gone forever are worries that the physical limitations of onsite backup will exceed facility capability.
From Carbonite to Open Cloud, the cloudscape is becoming increasing competitive. The end-game is that competition within the realm of Cloud data backup service providers will elevate the level of support offered and drive already downward trending prices even lower. Now that industry giants like Amazon and Google have thrown their weight behind Cloud storage, it’s increasingly clear that there really is no looking back.
There was a time when the concept of a terabyte of data was unfathomable. Big data backup means that petabytes of data can be stored in the Cloud with ease. What’s next? Keep your eyes peeled on the cloudscape for capacity measured in exabytes. We certainly have come a long way from the one of the original external storage devices, the 1.44 MB floppy disk!
About David A. Grant
Technology writer David A. Grant has been watching the tech landscape change and evolve since its inception. Back in the day when RAM wholesaled at a dollar per megabyte, and an 8GB hard drive was considered overkill, David was turning screws in a DEC Alpha Linux shop in southern New Hampshire, grateful that Al Gore had invented the Internet as we know it. He continues to watch and report on industry trends and changes.