Cloud Backup Series
This post is one of a series regarding cloud backup. See these links for more information concerning Unitrends cloud backup along with an overview of Vault2Cloud: Unitrends enterprise level cloud backup service.
Cloud Backup: Advantages of General Cloud Solutions
The fundamental advantages of cloud-based computing are
- Reducing costs. This advantage is primarily accomplished by eliminating capital expenditure and reducing operational expenditure. For multi-tenant public clouds, cost reduction is also possible by the pooling of information technology resources in order to be able to meet peak demand with effectively less information technology resources.
- Ability to quickly scale. This advantage refers to the fact that because cloud-based computing typically has excess capacity, that this excess capacity may be provisioned quickly and in a highly responsive and nimble fashion to those users requesting it. To put this more simply, there is no wait for new hardware and/or software to be ordered and installed.
- Well-defined service level agreements resulting from measured service. Typically cloud-based computing services are priced to some degree based on usage characteristics; thus the service level agreements associated with everything from availability to performance are more rigorously captured than alternative solutions.