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Confidently Move Into Cloud-based Backup & Recovery

By January 28, 2009Asigra Inc

When I look at current IT trends and see companies like Microsoft

getting into the software-as-a-service (SaaS) or cloud-based backup and

recovery space, it demonstrates that most vendors see SaaS and cloud-based

computing as a real marketplace on both the business or commercial sides of the

house. It’s evident that more end-users and businesses are increasingly looking

at cloud-based backup services as one less thing they need to manage and that

can be delivered as reliably and at a lower cost than what it costs them to do

backup today.

Most businesses small and large have many IT needs but one

that they continue to focus on as they move into a completely paperless world

is data protection and, more specifically, data recovery. They know their

current in-house backup and recovery processes are often less than adequate so

when they ask hard questions like, “How long can I afford to be without my data?”

and “What does losing that data mean to the company and the company’s public

reputation?”, they don’t like the answers. But what IT managers are surprised

to learn as they look to move to a SaaS offering based on a cloud-based

computing architecture for their backup and recovery services, they find there

are many options from which to choose.

Yet one offering that has distinguished itself in the cloud-computing/SaaS

market place is the Asigra Televaulting solution. Unlike most other offerings

that are just starting out, Asigra has 20+ years in the business of outsourced

data protection. Asigra already has established relationships with hundreds of

managed service providers (MSPs) that each service tens if not hundreds of

clients. All of these combined equal petabytes of backup data already under the

management of Asigra Televaulting.

Further, by moving from an in-house backup and recovery

environment into an Asigra powered cloud-based service model it reduces, if not

altogether eliminates, some of the following costs associated with backup and

recovery in an IT environment:

  • Personnel costs. Moving backup administrators

    and operational people to other areas adds more value to the business

    while it eliminates the personnel costs associated with tape media

    management and movement.

  • Infrastructure costs. By outsourcing backups and

    using a third-party provider, resources previously dedicated for backup

    can be redeployed for other purposes.. For instance, organizations can redeploy

    backup servers, retire, scale back or remove tape libraries and tape

    drives as well as the areas of the building used for physical tape storage

    areas

  • Offsite

    storage costs. An aspect of data protection that organizations often do not

    think about is how much they pay monthly and annually to store tape

    cartridges offsite and the ongoing costs associated with moving these tape

    cartridges to and from these offsite facilities.

Asigra Televaulting coupled with its existing, extensive

and established network of MSPs breaks the barrier to traditional backup and

recovery approaches by keeping customers’ risks low. Daily I hear from

end-users that they are looking for more unique and cost-effective ways of

running their IT business. Moving to an outsourced cloud-based computing backup

model is a great way to reduce backup and recovery costs while at the same time

creating a more reliable and robust backup and recovery infrastructure.

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Tim Anderson

About Tim Anderson

Tim serves as a Senior Analyst HA/Infrastructure for DCIG

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