New research finds more SMBs turning to DPaaS solutions.

More SMBs turning to DPaaS

Stephen Perkins

IT operations and mission-critical data that's stored in company servers have become the foundation of business continuity. The dependency on advanced data protection solutions is driving the demand for server backups and recovery; new technologies and growing vendor offerings have enabled firms to embrace new backup and disaster recovery strategies.

Cloud-based backups have provided small- and medium-sized businesses with new solutions that can simplify and take care of practically all such requirements, according to "Your Strategic Guide to Backup & Recovery," a joint publication by the editors of CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World.

"For small and midsize businesses, however, cloud backup can largely get the entire job done, especially for organizations with highly virtualized environments," the source noted.

An Enterprise Strategy Group study from earlier this year found that, currently, a quarter of SMB respondents said they use "cloud-based data protection services in some capacity," including backup, data recovery and secure data storage. An additional 46 percent stated that they planned to implement cloud services for the aforementioned reasons.

The benefits
While ESG collectively referred to cloud-based storage, backup and recovery as data protection as a service, one of the chief reasons why firms deployed this method was the ability to remotely store data at an off-site location for DR purposes.

The cost-effectiveness of DPaaS was an obvious incentive for the majority of organizations, but as cloud solutions improve, SMBs are beginning to build more trust in the maturing technology. The survey found that 59 percent of those polled protected no more than 40 percent of their applications in cloud-based backup services. However, more than half said they would be shifting more than 40 percent of applications to cloud backups by 2015.

Building confidence
When ESG asked about the benefits of DPaaS, 36 percent said it reduced the cost of on-site data protection hardware; 33 percent noted it reduced IT staff expenses and 37 percent cited improved security as the top benefit. While many businesses are slow to adopt cloud solutions because of security concerns, ESG's research seemingly shows these traditional hurdles to adoption are beginning to wane.

Noted in a recent IDG study, as cyberthreats and the consumerization of IT including the bring-your-own device trend increase, so will the demand for DPaaS as consumer confidence in it aggrandizes.

According to the jointly released study, Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at consulting firm StorageIO, said he's seen improvements in cloud backups in just six months. Once a skeptic, Schulz now has complete faith in DPaaS solutions.

"Every time I've bet against the cloud, I've been wrong," he said, according to the source.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Server Backup