5 Hidden Costs of Cloud Backup

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Getting Data Into and Out of the Cloud

Hidden Cost No. 4: Getting Data Into and Out of the Cloud (Continued)

Even more important than seeding your data to get started is the requirement for “reverse seeding,” or a data shipment service level agreement (SLA), to get data back within 24 hours in the event of a disaster. This works the same as seeding but in reverse. If you have a disaster and lose all or a large amount of your data, the cloud vendor places your data onto disks or a new backup appliance and ships the data to you.

Whether an organization can obtain reverse seeding or not can be the difference between achieving or missing recovery time objectives (RTOs). With reverse seeding, you avoid the challenge of sending large amounts of data over a WAN, and downtime can be minimized from weeks to hours.

Backup and disaster recovery are typically cited among the top use cases for cloud computing. Companies are increasingly realizing that cloud-based backup is more efficient, more reliable, easier to use and less error prone than traditional methods such as tape or other rotational media, not to mention it enables extremely effective disaster recovery. In 2015, we saw a major upswing in cloud adoption for storing backup copies. In 2016, expect to see cloud backup and disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) options become the norm for new backup deployments at organizations of all sizes.

Most companies can easily lower OPEX and CAPEX with cloud backup. But not all cloud backup options are the same, and a true cost comparison entails evaluating more than just each offering’s top line cost per GB. In this slideshow, cloud-recovery leader Unitrends details five “hidden” charges that companies must consider when researching the best and most cost-effective cloud backup solution for their business.


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