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A practical guide to cloud backup providers
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of April 2013
Cloud backup providers have grown up from their consumer product roots and now offer services that can meet the needs of enterprises. Here's what you need to know. Cloud backup services can truly change the way your IT department protects company data, but there's more to do than just sign up with cloud backup providers in the market. You may have discovered that your end users have grown frustrated because the company lacks an effective, easy-to-use backup system for their mobile devices or desktops, and have taken the issue into their own hands by installing cloud backup or file synchronization software themselves. You may have also run into problems backing up remote sites or branch offices -- the process has become too difficult to manage or you're unable to meet what you consider to be a reasonable recovery time objective. Finally, you might be interested in cloud backup because you're considering outsourcing all your company's backups to a cloud provider. For all these cases, cloud backup might be an appropriate ...
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Features in this issue
Cloud storage, virtualization and the relentless growth of unstructured data have all contributed to a rethinking of the way storage architectures are packaged and presented.
Cloud backup providers have grown up from their consumer product roots and now offer services that can meet the needs of enterprises. Here's what you need to know.
Poor provisioning and a lack of effective capacity management tools leads to underused storage systems. New tools and improved processes can make storage efficiency a reality.
Backup is never going to be easy, but new technologies and processes are helping storage pros overcome the backup problems that have plagued them for years.
Columns in this issue
Storage technology may not seem to be moving very quickly when measured by old criteria. But a new perspective shows the data storage industry is developing quite briskly.
With few standards and storage array vendors not inclined to give up their proprietary ways, managing data storage has become tougher than it should be.
Although the role of tape in traditional backup operations might be diminishing, it still has a place in long-term data retention and even cloud storage services.
Data deduplication technology for backup has evolved enormously in the last decade, and it's poised to go beyond just backup.