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Cloud backup and recovery still prime apps for cloud storage services
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2014 Vol. 13 No. 3
It's taken a while for cloud backup to catch on, but 31% of the companies we surveyed use cloud backup or recovery for at least part of their data protection system. Cloud backup is the most mature cloud storage service, with roots that go back to the mid-1990s and a number of well-established consumer services with now-familiar names. It's taken a little while for cloud backup to catch on as a viable solution for protecting business data, but today nearly one-third (31%) of companies use cloud backup or recovery for at least part of their data protection system. Those users say that on average 55% of their backup data goes to the cloud, representing about 13.2 TB of data. Since data security is usually the chief concern of storage shops considering cloud backup, it may be a little surprising that 70% say they back up primary data to the cloud; apps that you would expect to be good candidates for cloud backup -- such as archiving (32%) and mobile device backup (27%) -- are also popular. A lot of those cloud backup users (71%) ...
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