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Hybrid cloud backup expected to be an emerging trend in 2012

Asigra Inc. has listed what it sees as the key 2012 market and technology trends in cloud backup, based on end customer and service provider adoption rates and feedback worldwide. Among the top trends identified for 2012, hybrid cloud computing, followed by mobile device protection, backup consolidation, diverse service model adoption and greater SMB adoption of cloud backup are expected to be high growth areas.

According to the Storage Networking Industry Association Cloud Backup and Recovery Special Interest Group, cloud backup involves backing up data offsite to a data center (organization's central data center or service provider’s data center) over a WAN, using standard internet protocols. Hardware infrastructure is shared by the provider's 'customers' which provides increased efficiencies and reduced costs due to syndication and sharing. This makes cloud backup an inexpensive and flexible way of accessing storage on an as needed basis that is highly available and secure while offering elastic capacity.

Hybrid cloud computing
Hybrid cloud computing is where an organization manages some IT operations internally and others externally. This is a growing area in cloud backup, where a company may subscribe to a public cloud backup service while also maintaining a local recovery server or storage environment. With a hybrid cloud backup configuration, the customer benefits from both local and offsite recovery while realizing the efficiencies, scalability and cost advantages of cloud computing.

“The primary reason organizations are adopting a hybrid approach to cloud backup is because they can have their cake and eat it too,” said Brad Lappe, director of sales, Dakota Backup. “They get the performance of local recovery with the assurance of offsite data protection. When combined with its low cost advantages it’s a major win for the customer.”

Mobile device protection
According to Crawford DelPrete, chief research officer and EVP, IDC, “The use of tablets at businesses is predicted to grow dramatically over the next five years. Employee-owned mobile devices used to access business apps reached 41 percent in 2011, up 10 percent over 2010. It will continue to grow at this pace to reach 70 percent by 2015.”

Enterprise-wide cloud backup, recovery and restoration support for tablets and smartphones provides end-to-end protection of the digital footprint. In 2012, customers will seek expanded support that allows rollback to any point across any device to meet recovery point and recovery time objectives. Protecting these devices will become an imperative for many organizations under financial and healthcare industry regulations.

Enterprise backup consolidation
As organizations continue to deal with the deluge of information to manage and protect, they will continue the move toward technologies that perform these processes efficiently. This includes the consolidation of disparate data protection technologies under a single management interface and solution which allow organizations to capture less, ingest less, and store less data; reducing the amount of backup assets to buy, manage and maintain. As part of cloud backup, features such as global data deduplication and backup lifecycle management help manage data growth in environments ranging from data centers to mobile devices. Additionally, cloud backup consolidates the complex and time consuming cocktail of backup solutions most enterprises deploy today.

Diversity in cloud backup deployment
One of the key advantages of cloud backup is the multitude of delivery models available to both end customers and the service providers that serve them. The advantage is better conformance with specific industry and business requirements and adherence to accepted practices, rules and regulations. As the adoption of cloud backup continues its brisk pace in 2012, organizations will deploy private, public and hybrid configurations of the technology and service providers will become more focused on serving user verticals with more refined industry-specific solutions.

Greater SMB adoption
“SMBs globally spent $11 billion on cloud computing in 2011, growing at a CAGR of 12 percent until 2015,” says Techaisle, an SMB-focused research firm. According to the firm’s research, a logical progression of services adoption is emerging among SMBs, with storage and security leading the way. “An estimated 138 million SMB employees are expected to use some form of cloud by the end of 2011. Among the mature market countries, the US will have nearly 1 in 4 SMB employees using cloud technology*.”

With the reduction in complexity, cost and IT resource requirements, understanding SMB adoption of cloud computing is simple. In the case of cloud backup, the technology eases one of the most burdensome, yet critically important, IT tasks. By automating processes while improving data recovery, the advantages are laid bare and growth among small and medium size businesses will continue to rise throughout 2012. Increasing SMB use of cloud backup is validated by the huge growth in cloud backup service providers who target SMBs as seen in 2011 by Asigra, one of many industry participants.


•Date: 15th December 2011 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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