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5 Hidden Costs of Cloud Backup

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    Retrieval Fees

    Hidden Cost No. 2: Retrieval Fees

    Many of the low-cost hyperscale cloud storage solutions are designed as cold storage, meaning they are intended for storing data that does not need to be frequently accessed. These cold storage solutions charge a retrieval fee to users who need to access their data. Though these fees are typically 1 cent per GB, they can quickly add up if you need to access your data frequently throughout the year. 

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5 Hidden Costs of Cloud Backup

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    Retrieval Fees

    Hidden Cost No. 2: Retrieval Fees

    Many of the low-cost hyperscale cloud storage solutions are designed as cold storage, meaning they are intended for storing data that does not need to be frequently accessed. These cold storage solutions charge a retrieval fee to users who need to access their data. Though these fees are typically 1 cent per GB, they can quickly add up if you need to access your data frequently throughout the year. 

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.