Data backup has become an increasingly important task for both individuals and organizations as they have branched out to additional devices types (mainly mobile endpoints, such as smartphones and tablets), become more reliant on cloud-based applications and confronted new threats to information security. There are two main ways to backup important IT assets, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:
- Local backup: Storing information on a personal (or company-owned) hard drive provides unparalleled direct control over data, which is ideal if the information in question in highly sensitive. However, it means that you are fully responsible for managing the backup storage medium. It can be costly to hedge against disk failure and implement, update and maintain redundant infrastructure so that nothing is lost.
- Cloud backup: A cloud service provider has access to a far larger pool of IT resources than most organizations do. It can leverage literally thousands of storage drives, housed in a secure data center, to ensure that everything is backed up and resilient in the event of a technical glitch, fire or distributed denial-of-service attack. At the same time, cloud backup must be approached with care, especially in regard to service-level agreements from providers about their responsibilities in handling your information.
Which one is the right fit for your backup needs? To answer this question, let's dive a bit more into cloud backup, also known as backup as a service (BaaS), since it is the newer of the two options and one that many businesses have not explored yet. Research and Markets expects rapid uptake of BaaS solutions in the upcoming years, with a projected 27.5 percent compound annual growth rate from 2016 to 2020.
The BaaS basics: Scalable and secure backup for the modern organization
Like other true cloud services, BaaS has a straightforward value proposition: It provides the resources that a customer needs on-demand, without any of the accompanying financial or technical commitments that beset traditional IT infrastructure.
In the case of BaaS in particular, there are several distinguishing traits that make it a viable option for any firm with significant backup requirements:
Ease of use
A BaaS solution entrusts management and monitoring of data to the expert staff of the cloud service provider. Accordingly, there is less of a burden on IT personnel, who no longer have to constantly upgrade in-house hardware and software. Instead of these arduous tasks, they can access their data from a simplified end-user interface.
BaaS is billed as a subscription and charged based on usage. This business model offers flexibility to organizations that want to avoid major upfront expenditures on IT assets. It is often less expensive in the long run, too, since it eliminates the customer's responsibility for procuring new storage medium, migrating data between drives, transporting backups to secure offsite facilities and paying the IT staff who perform all these functions.
"The BaaS business model offers flexibility to organizations."
Backups often contain sensitive or legally regulated information. As such, they must be carefully handled and kept in facilities that are safe from physical intrusions in addition to cyberattacks. An experienced BaaS provider will have sites and practices that conform to audit frameworks such as SSAE. They will also use end-to-end encryption to protect information at rest and in transit from prying eyes.
As of December 2016, 90 percent of the data that had ever been generated had been created in the last two years, according to IBM. This pace of data growth necessitates highly scalable backup solutions. BaaS platforms are better equipped to meet such demands than traditional backup mechanisms. They can tap additional resources as needed to back up enormous amounts of information and keep in ready for timely retrieval.
Explore your BaaS options with UbiStor solutions
UbiStor provides cloud-based backup that is proactive, secure and reliable, with a straightforward management interface for easy administration of your data. To get started with a modern BaaS platform, visit our main services page to view our different products and services. Also don't hesitate to contact us directly with any questions about these storage management solutions.