Gia, an award-winning backup provider, echoes Zettas predictions in the online backup market for 2013. It is widely believed that new generations of online and cloud-based technologies will replace hardware backup appliances, and enterprise grade three-in-one solutions in backup, disaster recovery and archiving will be adopted by small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), education and government institutions, and even large multinationals with distributed locations.
But what else will 2013 bring?
Five Online Backup Predictions for 2013
1. SMBs, education and local government institutes will lead adoption
A combination of better security standards, enterprise-grade performance and cost advantages will be driving early adoption of cloud-based online backup by SMBs, local government and education institutes.
2. Purpose built hardware backup appliances are on the way out
New remote offsite backup solutions utilising second generation hybrid backup technologies (Hybrid-backup 2.0, Hybrid-cloud 2.0) combines replicated data in the cloud with a “lean” local copy of large data sets. Unlike previous generation’s Hybrid-backup implementations, these don’t involve purpose built backup appliances and other costly and complex hardware.
3. Bandwidth ubiquity enables high-performance online backups for the enterprise
Enterprise grade online server backup adoption has always been limited by the availability and cost of bandwidth. A tipping point will be reached in 2013 as cheap and available bandwidth becomes ubiquitous, and enterprises will exploit it to cloud-enable their data protection operations.
4. Integrated backup, disaster recovery and archiving enables data protection for all
A complete data protection implementation encompassing backup, disaster recovery and archiving used to be the sole preserve of large multinationals. Such solutions used to involve multiple products from disparate vendors, presenting integration complexity and cost barriers affordable only to large companies. New Hybrid-cloud 2.0 technologies streamlines three data protection functions into a single solution, at the same time providing ease of deployment and mass-market affordability even for the SMB.
5. Large multinationals will leverage online backup for distributed operations
Big companies tend to have a global presence distributed throughout the world. Although there’s a tendency for such large enterprises to build their own datacentres and backup solutions, the astute IT decision maker will be taking advantage of the cost and simplicity advantages of Hybrid-backup 2.0, complementary to existing infrastructure and investments.
Other developments such as greener technologies will also come in 2013, and it is set to be another exciting year for business backup solutions.
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