One of the key solutions that enterprise-class cloud computing providers offer is backup-as-a-service. The information explosion has been one of the main reasons many organizations first considered cloud computing, as all that new data needed somewhere to go, and it continues to be a driving force behind cloud adoption. Comprehensive data management is one of the most salient advantages that CSPs present because data can be more easily transmitted and better protected. Here are three aspects that demonstrate the supremacy of enterprise cloud BaaS.
1) Enterprise elasticity
A fundamental characteristic of BaaS is its elasticity. With BaaS, data access becomes flexible, meaning there is no rigid or standardized capacity that data must fulfill. Storage capabilities oscillate to fit the shifting profile of the information stored, eliminating resource slack. According to what tech expert Abdul Salam wrote recently in CloudTweaks, truly unfettered elasticity is essential to an optimally functioning cloud service.
Cloud service providers, he wrote, "must be able to provision and 'deprovision' instances quickly and automatically, whatever resource you need be it in the form or RAM, CPU, storage or VMs."
The benefit of BaaS is that a client does not have to pay for unused storage capacity until it's needed. The backup and restoration components of BaaS are available any time, across the network.
2) Disaster recovery
The inherent features of BaaS make it essential for protecting data in the event of damage or outages because it mitigates the efficacy of disaster-inducing agents. According to CloudTweaks, of all IT disasters that occurred in the first quarter of 2013, hardware failures accounted for 55 percent. Human error accounted for 22 percent, software failures 18 percent and natural disasters 5 percent.
BaaS incorporates a diversity of geographic nodes, which eliminates the potential devastation of natural disasters and also cuts down on the possibility that a hardware failure or human error could do serious damage. An innovative combination of automated data sharing systems and client control in an enterprise cloud solution differentiates it between local and remote storage locations so that the windfall from an IT disaster in one location can't affect data storage in another.
3) Cost reduction
BaaS solutions can help reduce enterprise data storage costs. The cloud service provider that offers BaaS can manage the data storage facilities, which frees IT personnel from monotonous system monitoring and enables human and financial capital to be invested in other areas. Any concerns about a lack of hardware to respond effectively to the data surge can also be eliminated. BaaS offers high levels of business continuity and risk management, which grows ever more crucial as business reliance on data increases at every level. As a result, Any downtime can be extremely costly, according to Continuity Central.
"Most businesses report that they can't afford more than four hours of unscheduled downtime without taking painful hits to their bottom line," wrote Continuity Central contributor Ralph Wynn. "Whether that downtime stems from data loss or corruption, equipment failure, or complete site outage due to natural disaster, the results are the same: lost productivity, tarnished reputation, steep technical costs and hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars lost per hour."