Data Storage: Cloud Data Backup Now Makes Sense for SMBs: 10 Reasons Why
Big Data Is Getting Bigger
A Gartner poll surveying attendees at its U.S. Data Center Conference reported that respondents identified "dealing with growing data/storage requirements" as their largest data center challenge. Given the deluge of critical corporate data, a well-thought-out backup and data protection strategy is vital today, as it will optimize storage costs, lead to better data organization and minimize business risks related to IT failure, corporate data loss or a catastrophic on-site event. Big data will only get bigger, putting increased pressure on SMB IT departments to ensure backup and recovery of the data.Â Â
IT shops have been struggling to understand and manage data growth for a long time, mainly since the explosion in connected devices took off early in the last decade. With increasing data storage demands resulting from an influx of new content types—rich digital media, social media and machine-generated data—small and midsize businesses have been challenged to incorporate sophisticated methods to back up critical company data. For a great many types of small businesses, it just doesn't make sense to go out and buy all the storage hardware, software and services that were required before the advent of cloud backup, which now has a track record of about seven years. It is the right time for SMBs to look at cloud backup for at least a portion of their overall storage. Our main resource for the following slide show is Tom Gelson, cloud strategist for Imation's Scalable Storage group, who explains why.