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May 10, 2011

Industry Realizes the Importance of Cloud Backup

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor


With computing and storage moving to the cloud, data protection specialist NovaStor claims that Solutions Provider FRED IT and others have already convinced companies of the need for secure storage, and more importantly, backup.

According to a research released by AMI Partners, SMBs have increased their spending on cloud computing and figures suggest that it will touch $100 billion by 2014. What this translates to is that more SMBs are adopting the Cloud to enable cost reduction and increase agility, and will sooner or later seek backup solutions.

"Data protection services are particularly popular with customers, as data availability is a must, but hardly ever does a company engage an administrator who maintains a professional infrastructure,” said Mike Andrews, Managing Director at NovaStor, in a press release. He further added, “Managed Service providers, such as FRED IT though, offer welcome solutions for these companies and often become long-term business partners."

The first half of 2010 was witness to a dramatic increase in cloud services adoption. The management software maker, Spiceworks (News - Alert), reported that there was a gradual but definite movement toward the cloud. It indicated that about 14 percent of SMBs were already using cloud computing services with another 10 percent expecting to deploy cloud services shortly.

With Merrill Lynch estimating that the cloud computing market will grow by $160 billion by 2014, more and more companies are realizing the importance of secure storage and backup. This has opened up a new avenue of revenue and has triggered several companies to launch online backup services.

This is perhaps thoroughly justified in light of the fact that companies that launched online backup services five or six years ago are very successful today. Australia’s largest IT solution provider, FRED IT, which launched an online backup service in 2006, serves 3,000 customers throughout the country.

So, while experts are still wrangling about the acceptance of cloud computing, the industry appears to have gone ahead and taken a firm stance on the need for backup.

In other news, TMCnet reported that Interwork Technologies (News - Alert), a premier Value Added Distributor for new and emerging Technologies, entered into a partnership with NovaStor, a leading international provider of software solutions for data protection and availability, to distribute their world leading software solutions.   


Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.