Friday, December 23, 2011 5:05:24 PM
Software providers now offer a wide range of cloud-based solutions, but as with any new technology, businesses have adopted the cloud at varying speeds and most began by implementing only basic services.
According to a recent eWeek report, cloud backup is often the first product organizations adopt when making the transition to the cloud, as many businesses were using similar services like online and remote backup before the term "cloud computing" went mainstream.
"What we used to call remote backup or online backup or Internet backup is now cloud backup, and that's what we see as the most mainstream of the cloud offerings," Greg Onoprijenko, president of Business Continuity Consultants, told eWeek. "Most customers are familiar with the concept, so there's far less education involved. Most everybody can think of a colleague who is using a cloud backup service."
Several companies begin using the cloud with anti-virus and anti-spam software for email and data backup, while Software-as-a-Service solutions are also becoming prevalent as businesses use SaaS for email, tax preparation, gaming and video sharing, the report said.
According to a recent report by a cloud backup provider, hybrid cloud computing is a rising trend for cloud-based data backup, which allows businesses to benefit from the public cloud's low costs while securing some data on site.
-McAfee Cloud Security