7 Reasons to Use Backup as a Service
Let’s face it: traditional corporate data backup methods aren’t an option anymore. It is rivaled only by email in terms of essential functions of a computer system. A business’ data is increasingly becoming its lifeblood, driving decisions and fueling new growth, so it’s crucial that that data be insured should disaster strike. That used to mean relying on racks of storage server backups and specialists, but the “As-a-service” revolution changed all that, especially for managed cloud computing providers focused on cloud-based backup systems. Now, backup can be done offsite for less than the annual maintenance of your on-premises storage. Let’s take a look at 7 reasons to consider cloud backup as a service from trusted BaaS providers.
1. Keep Focused on Value-Ad for Corporate Data Backup
Essential though it may be, backup shouldn’t be a main focus of an IT organization. Where cloud backup-as-a-service is typically an automatic, set it and forget it process, legacy on-premises backup requires continual upkeep and coordination to achieve the same level of redundancy as a cloud-based approach. Any amount of time spent worrying about on-site backup is time that could be spent on projects that add actual value to your business: marketing and sales systems, mobile workers, AI, machine learning, and digital transformation projects.
The main upside to using an “As-a-Service” service is that you only pay for what you use, eliminating the significant upfront cost and barrier to entry. For corporate data backup, this means not having to anticipate storage needs when buying hardware. With Backup-as-a-Service, your storage can easily scale with your team’s growth without ever needing to upgrade. And with data growth set to double every two years, this kind of flexibility will be essential to building a data-focused business.
3. CAPEX to OPEX Shift
Another consequence of the “As-a-service” wave is the shift from a Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) model to an Operational Expenditures (OPEX) model. In the same way Software-as-a-Service removed the initial costs of traditional software purchases, OPEX removes the upfront cost of IT budgeting. It allows your team to address issues as they arise, using a purchasing model that most businesses prefer.
4. Continuous Storage Upgrades
When it comes to corporate data backup, the last thing you should have to worry about is capacity. The decision to keep or remove a block of data should never come down to server backup availability. Traditional on-premise solutions are costly and difficult to upgrade when they inevitably run out of room. A cloud-based, BaaS option is designed to scale to exabyte levels, so there are virtually no limits to how much you can store.
5. Server Backup-Quality Expertise Without the High Price
When using BaaS, you’re typically billed based on the amount of data you’re storing in the cloud (and, in some cases, how much data you’re taking out). But BaaS has a secret, free feature built in: maintenance. What you’d ordinarily have to pay an employee to handle all the upkeep an expensive server array requires, a BaaS takes care of at no extra cost.
6. Corporate Data Backup Best Practices the Easy Way
Here at Wasabi, we like to follow the 3-2-1 rule of backup: keep three copies of your data on two different types of storage media, with one copy kept in an offsite location. With a traditional, on-premise backup solution, achieving this standard could prove difficult, but the cloud checks all the boxes for storage best-practice. Plus, the entire process can be automated making redundant backup even simpler.
7. One Small Step to Disaster Recovery
Keeping backups of your data off-site is a great way to protect your primary infrastructure should disaster strike. Traditionally, moving data off-site required the coordination of couriers, the handling of delicate physical media, and lots of time and money. With the cloud, however, backup AND recovery can be done in seconds and automatically. Restoring from off-site data centers is the quickest way to recover your data with limited service interruptions.