One of the biggest use cases for the cloud – in fact, the biggest, in the case of hosted private cloud – is for backup and disaster recovery. It adds up to one thing: Organizations are counting on the cloud to make sure they retain access to their critical corporate data.
Companies are putting their money where their mouth is, too: Forrester estimates in 2015, companies will spend over $90 billion on cloud services. Specifically, IDC estimates that backup-as-a-service and recover-as-a-service will account for $1.023 billion by 2018. And Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90% of disaster recovery (DR) operations will run in the cloud.
As the cloud has become more accepted, an increasing number of organizations have been putting their data into the cloud. But for the cloud to become a useful repository for disaster recovery, that means that organizations need to be able to get their data out as well.