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By Suresh Shanmugam, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies
Vembu Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Backup as a Service
Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) is best defined as a remote management of data backup services on behalf of subscribed users of the service. The service targets very specific market segments. The LAN based backup systems, provide a near real time transaction level replication of data and open file backups to consumers with beta software offerings and free trial backup services. The offer encapsulates the complexities of electronic vaulting of data, lowers risk and reduces cost of investing in storage media.
At the lower end, application API provided by online backup companies collects, compresses, encrypts and transfers data to the backup service provider’s servers automatically as scheduled. At the higher end, backup-as-a-service may provide continuous data protection (CDP) to clients who subscribe to their service.
Therefore, it is no wonder that small and medium sized enterprises that do not have the resources or where with all to grapple with the complexities of backup, find these services extremely attractive. The perceived benefits listed are:
Typical offerings from backup service providers include:
Costs for these services are based on:
However, online backup services are not without accompanying problems. The enterprise builds a dependency and is forced to trust a third party with mission critical data. They are forced to adapt and limit the data back up scale to the data backup limitations of the online data backup service provider. They must also accept a service offer that places heavy reliance on Internet and network services for backup and also accept that complications can arise if there is a move from one online backup service provider to another in terms of getting data back and end of contract fees.
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About the Author: Suresh Shanmugam, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies, a leader in providing cost effective, hybrid (on-premise and cloud) data protection and business focused online backup and disaster recovery solutions for ISPs, MSPs, VARs, Managed Hosting Providers and Educational Institutions. Vembu’s flagship product, StoreGrid, recently announced an advanced upgrade – “StoreGrid SP – 4.3″ releases.
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