Cloud storage can prevent the stress of losing in-house data.

Cloud backup business to grow in 2014

Stephen Perkins

The history of computing is not complete without the parallel history of server crashes. Anyone who's lost work due to their computer  knows how frustrating those can be. But consider the bigger examples:

  • A 2010 server crash at the hugely popular blogging tool WordPress. The crash – which played out over 110 minutes – cost blogs across the site over five million page views, according to a WordPress release. What it boiled down to was "a cable plugged some place it shouldn't have been."
  • A 2011 server crash at mobile giant BlackBerry left tens of millions of users without the ability to receive and send texts. According to reports, the problem arose because BlackBerry's server provider hadn't looked into issues that were surfacing.  

The efficacy of cloud backup
What those examples illustrate is that even the most sophisticated servers are susceptible to crashes. One of the best ways to prevent major data losses is to use cloud backup for your data protection needs. And in 2014, a move to the cloud seems to be the trend among businesses. As Gadget contributor Graham Vorster points out, the cloud is changing the game as far as disaster recovery is concerned. "An advantage of Cloud computing is the way it changes disaster recovery (DR), making it more cost-effective," he wrote. Vorster went on to explain that disaster recovery in the cloud is a fairly easy process. Conversely, choosing to do in-house data recovery is not only more costly, but also increases the risk of irrevocably losing data. And even if that data can be recovered, in-house systems like tape drives are notoriously slow, sometimes taking weeks to perform their function and therefore costing companies precious time.

This year it seems more people are getting the message about the virtues of data storage on the cloud. In a predictive piece for 2014, SYS-CON Media contributor Nick Mueller said this year will see "a lot more of this customer movement to cloud-native services." And cloud hosting executive Jay Atkinson stated that his company has experienced a 50 percent increase in revenue over the past year, a fact Atkinson attributed to "greater demand for high security/ high compliance cloud hosting and disaster recovery services." Like Mueller, Atkinson said most of the growth in the cloud backup sector is happening now, and he expects to see that momentum continue this year.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup