Remember when 3-D was all the rage? The movie studios still put out 3-D versions of their big blockbusters, but the technology didn't quite take off among the movie-going public the way many people expected. As a result, the number of movies being released in 3-D are declining, and the studios spend less time trumping it up as the big technology trend.
Backup technology has also evolved. While older physical backup formats aren't entirely out of the picture, the trends favor the flexibility and security you can find with cloud backup. InfoStor Magazine described 5 factors that are making tape and other old-school backups about as relevant as 3-D glasses.
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According to InfoStor, businesses are still finding certain uses for old-school tapes and drives that are kept locally. However, plenty of organizations have learned the hard way that relying solely on local physical backup isn't a wise bet over the long haul.
The piece listed five industry-wide trends that favor cloud backup for data protection:
- Virtualization: Virtualization might be the biggest trend changing the way businesses manage data. The channel has used the technology to deliver efficient and flexible IT management, and backup has had to evolve to protect virtual machines.
- Big data: Big data means a lot more data to curate, analyze and store, and protecting all that data becomes much less time- and cost-efficient if you're using older models of backup. For this reason, many organizations have turned to online and cloud backup to ensure the most efficient overall operations.
- Mobility: Mobile is clearly the way forward, and more businesses need protection for the data they store on devices like smartphones, tablets and portable PCs. Cloud backup is an good approach to data protection because it allows access from a greater diversity of endpoints.
- Economic turbulence: A difficult economy has meant more industries have had to find ways to cut operational costs and save money. Managing older backup formats and equipment are almost always more expensive than newer, leaner options such as cloud backup.
- Security: Data breaches are all-too common in the modern market, and the use of old and poorer equipment can lead to vulnerabilities. Additionally, stolen hard drives or damaged equipment are common sources of data loss. However, the use of offsite backup solutions centralizes management and strengthen the control a company has over its data.
Keep these five factors in mind when you're evaluating your own ability to protect your clients' data. And remember that the cloud can offer many of the benefits of a local backup solution, but at a lower cost and management burden. Ultimately, making cloud backup a cornerstone of your BDR solution is a good way to stay on top of channel-wide trends.