While choice is generally a good thing, it becomes less positive when folks are faced with too many choices. That may be the case with the rapidly proliferating data backup options for SMBs.
The title of a recent InfoWorld article is pretty telling: The SMB backup dilemma. The issue, says blogger Mario Apicella, is that vendors offer such a confusing array of choices -- many of them strikingly dissimilar from each other -- that SMBs may be crippled by indecision.
He mentions three -- Quantum's GoVault Data Protection Solution, Imation's DataGuard Vault and Symantec's Data Protection Network.
After running through some of the pros and cons of each, Apicella concludes that there is likely "no single bullet to kill the backup beast." Instead, he suggests, several backup solutions may need to be employed within a single infrastructure to ensure that all backup needs are met.
More detail on the Symantec product is provided in a PC World article that notes the Data Protection Network is the first in what will likely be multiple software-as-a-service offerings that will help SMBs address such security needs as e-mail filtering.
Symantec's timing is certainly good, as SMBs' interest in and willingness to spend money on security solutions both appear to be growing strongly. The ranks of competition are growing, however. A somewhat surprising entry is Google, which recently purchased security vendors Postini and Green Border Technologies and is reportedly planning to roll out an online data backup service.