Cloud backup clearly shows no signs of losing popularity and there are several reasons for this. A combination of fear of business interruptions, hefty fines for failing to comply with regulatory compliances, data loss and the costs associated with maintaining legacy solutions clearly lead businesses towards cloud backup solutions. But it seems that often businesses overlook one thing – bandwidth.
Of course, keeping data offsite in a secure data centre adds security and at the same time resolves the issue of backing up multiple locations and devices. But does your business have enough bandwidth to send all the data that needs to be backed up to the cloud? What if backups “take forever” to complete or, even worse, if the data cannot be retrieved in a reasonable amount of time?
In order to make the best use of all the advantages of a cloud backup solution, companies need to make sure that office bandwidth is sufficient for the task.
Managing bandwidth costs
It is not surprising that one of the main challenges of protecting remote sites is managing WAN bandwidth costs. Service providers are well aware that managing bandwidth costs is an essential factor in delivering a profitable backup service as their costs are based on the amount of bandwidth consumed across all customers at peak times.
Unforeseen bandwidth requirements have been imposing problems for consumers, given that as data grows, there is a need for more backup and consequently more WAN bandwidth to push the increasing volume of data to the cloud quickly. But more bandwidth means higher cost of operating backups, which can cause businesses to look for a more cost-effective backup solution that is capable of sustaining their growing bandwidth needs.
A backup software that optimises the amount of bandwidth being consumed is considered essential since it lowers the operational costs for service providers, while at the same time increases customer satisfaction. With these optimisations in place, backup bandwidth requirements can be reduced and deployment of a backup and recovery software made simpler, therefore overcoming the challenges.
Overcoming the bandwidth challenges
Bandwidth reducing technologies like deduplication, common file elimination and data compression can improve businesses’ application response times, especially where network latency is high. At the same time, costly bandwidth upgrades can be avoided.
One such backup solution, that’s fully capable of handling growing business data, is LiveBackup. The service provides a potent cocktail of data deduplication, deltas and data compression that optimises the WAN consumption, therefore speeding up the backup process, and at the same time reducing the storage costs for the customers.
The value of a true solution
Companies looking for cloud backup solutions already understand the true value of their data and want to protect it in the best way possible. New cloud product offerings seem like a perfect solution – cost effective storage and software, fully managed by the provider.
However, businesses need to be cautious and ensure that their office bandwidth can support the backup processes. Company data that’s uploaded over months and years to a cloud service should be retrievable in a reasonable amount of time, if the need arises.
One of the safest ways of ensuring critical business data is safely stored and easily restorable is partnering with an experienced backup provider that can deliver a bandwidth optimised solution and can, if needed, assist in providing a connectivity upgrade capable of supporting not only backup but any other cloud service that the business utilises.