The report noted capital costs are reduced by the reduction of storage requirements using advanced global deduplication.
Businesses and service
providers using cloud-based backup and recovery solutions are achieving
"significant returns" on IT investments, according to internal field research
released by cloud backup and recovery software provider Asigra.
The returns cited include
major reductions in hardware and software investments, greatly reduced
maintenance- and support-related expenses and better use of IT resources to
focus on more strategic IT objectives.
The report said the
advantages are being driven by technologies that allow unrestricted reach of
cloud-based data protection and recovery across mixed virtual operating system
and physical environments for holistic data protection to eliminate the
traditional cocktail of backup and disaster recovery applications to purchase,
manage and maintain. "The acquisition, management and maintenance costs of a
managing multiple islands of data protection for virtual environments,
databases, business systems, communications and disparate operating
environments is mitigated with an open cloud backup solution," the report said.
The study found that capital
costs are further reduced by the reduction of storage requirements using
advanced global deduplication. Rather than inefficient deduplication scenarios,
such as redundant deduplication, which unnecessarily tax CPUs and slow system
operations, global deduplication occurs only where necessary to reduce data
load before traveling across the LAN or WAN to the cloud.
"Global deduplication has
proven to significantly reduce hardware requirements without impacting backup
performance at both small and large enterprise operations," the report said.
"The intelligent management of this backup data using tiered recovery
technologies then allows the user to align recovery time objectives and storage
costs based on the value of the data, which is set by the user through
Asigra Cloud backup is
designed to offer backup efficiencies unavailable with traditional backup
architecture by allowing organizations to capture less, ingest less and store
less data-reducing the amount of backup assets to buy, manage and maintain.
Global deduplication technology is designed to prevent redundant data when
backing up data to the local recovery appliance and cloud storage.
The company claimed global
data deduplication makes the process more effective and increases the data
deduplication ratio (the ratio of protected capacity to the actual physical capacity
stored), which helps reduce the required capacity of storage hardware for
backup data. Asigra Cloud Backup also offers the option of having multiple
tiers of recovery, which is achieved through backup lifecycle management, local-only
backup and system-agnostic storage interoperability.
For virtual disaster
recovery, restoring from one hardware configuration to a different hardware
configuration is performed without reinstalling software applications, patches
or services packs. With the solution's ability to restore to disparate hardware
configurations, there is an inherent capability to restore physical servers to
virtual servers (P2V) while preserving the granularity of restoring individual
files required for backup software platforms. With this capability, the
software provides a means to recreate a company's physical environment within
the realm of a virtual environment.
"With the cloud backup
market continuing to climb and a growing number of solutions entering the
market, users are confronted with an increasing number of options to choose
from," said Ashar Baig, senior director of product marketing for Asigra. "While
cloud backup can provide major advantages, customers can truly escalate their
returns by selecting those solutions with features matched to their needs."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.