Sese Bennett, guest blogger

Though cloud-based data protection offers businesses the opportunity to meet their computing needs with greater scalability and flexibility, many business leaders aren’t sold on the idea. According to a recent survey by Druva, nearly half of business leaders (49% of respondents) who have not yet moved to cloud-based data protection cite cost as the number one barrier.

However, when you take time to compare cloud-based data protection with traditional tape backup systems, making the cloud your company’s secure information technology program turns out to be more cost-effective than the alternative. 

Comparing the Costs of Tape Backup vs. Cloud-based Data Protection

Here are a few important costs to consider if you’re looking at the ROI of moving to cloud-based data protection:

  1. Tape backup and recovery software vs. automated cloud server fees. Tape backup software comes at an obvious cost. And while the initial price tag may be cheaper than cloud-based systems, it’s important to consider all the licenses required for items such as backup agent software, open file managers, plug-ins for various servers, and database server agents. In the cloud security model, a monthly service fee is charged for each server protected, rather than the capital cost of acquiring software licenses for specific servers.
  2. Soft costs of the tape backup software implementation, maintenance, and technical support vs. more time for IT to focus on business objectives. Implementing and maintaining tape backup software involves a certain number of hours (perhaps days) incurred by internal (or third-party) staff. This includes the time it takes to install, set up, integrate, configure, and train staff on backup and recovery procedures. With cloud-based security programs, the implementation and maintenance take minimal time, allowing for your IT department to focus on areas that can directly impact your overall business objectives. 
  3. Onsite tape backup hardware and media vs. offsite data servers. Hardware for onsite backup systems may include automated tape libraries, tape drives, tape cartridges, or other media. There is no hardware cost involved in cloud backup and recovery services unless you elect to use an optional additional local storage appliance for even faster automatic recovery.
  4. In-house tape backup hardware labor and storage costs vs. cloud-based services leveraging the vendor’s infrastructure. The final area to consider is the labor and costs related to transporting and storage. For tape backup systems, it’s important to consider the burdened hourly rate for the direct labor or in-house staff as well as the costs related to picking up backup tapes for offsite storage and costs of storage. Unlike the laborious task of tracking errors in tape-based backups, cloud services provide automatic detection of problems at any stage of backup or recovery, reducing the total amount of labor costs. Additionally, there is no additional cost to transport data offsite because everything is stored in the cloud.                                                

Ready to Make the Switch to Cloud-Based Data Protection?                        

When you really take the time to look beyond the initial price-tag of cloud-based data protection, it’s obvious why more businesses are investing in it. If you’re ready to make the cloud your company’s security protection program, learn more about how LBMC can help you transition to cloud-based data protection.