7 Reasons to Use Backup as a Service

Let’s face it: backup isn’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 hiring a dedicated staff of backup pros and racks  of storage servers, but the “As-a-service” revolution changed all that. 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.  

 

1. Keep focused on value-ad

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. 

 

2. Anything-as-a-Service

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 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 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 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. 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. 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, this 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. 

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