Adaptable Capacity & The Hybrid Cloud

October 15, 2015

Adaptable Capacity & The Hybrid Cloud

By Chris Brunau

There are many reasons why SMBs tend to turn to a hybrid cloud architecture for backup. One huge reason is that they benefit from adaptable capacity when they go with a hybrid cloud. Through an adaptable solution, business can rely less on forecasting and predicting what their needs may be, and instead guarantee their data is backed up and protected, no matter what.

SMB backup capacity requirements are notoriously difficult to predict. After all, in a large enterprise, a new application or data source only has minimal impact on overall backup volume requirements. In an SMB environment, on the other hand, even a single new IT system or resource can dramatically affect backup volume if it’s used intensively enough.

That unpredictability—combined with the fact that business data as a whole is growing at a rate of 60% or more annually—presents a quandary for MSPs and their SMB customers alike. Underestimate volume requirements, and you’ll have to scramble to increase infrastructure capacity and ratchet up your costs. Overestimate volume requirements, and you’ll overspend and reduce your ROI.

Hybrid cloud enables MSPs and SMBs to cope with this unpredictability in several ways. On-premise, it allows for the use of virtualisation in order to adaptively and incrementally add capacity as needed for the local staging of the most current backups of the most current data, applications and server images. Off-premise, it gives SMBs access to as much capacity as they need—while also not locking them into excess capacity if they don’t need it.

Bottom line: Hybrid cloud can adaptively accommodate unpredictable fluctuations in the volume of business data MSPs and SMBs must protect.

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