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Backup as a Service (BaaS)

Backup as a Service (BaaS) is a burgeoning service designed to complement b­ usiness offerings from cloud service providers who target the mid-market and enterprise ­service space.

Why use Baas?

BaaS is born of the recognition that many of the SLAs for data retention and ­systems availability within the cloud space are expressly targeted at limiting the ­liability of the service provider. While this potentially provides a high level of ­service uptime for subscribers, it provides little or no self-controlled recovery capa- bilities for the service subscribers.

By offering a robust BaaS catalog for their subscribers, cloud providers are recognizing that data protection is an important value addition for many businesses, and they discourage subscribers from seeking potentially bandwidth costly inter-cloud backup options.

Compatible BaaS options

It is therefore increasingly common to see cloud providers publish compatible BaaS options for their subscribers. These are often quite economical due to a combination of buying power and strategic relationships with key vendors. (Vendors may even introduce incentives for their own sales teams for pointing businesses at a strategic BaaS provider.)

Pricing Implications

Businesses looking to use their cloud provider for BaaS functions might receive favorable pricing based on multiple services, or if nothing else the convenience of limiting the number of IT utility providers they need to subscribe to. Such services should be carefully examined to ensure the business can confirm adequate separation of primary data and protection data/services for disaster and network failure ­situations. Additionally, businesses with long-term compliance retention requirements may still need to consider maintaining responsibility for part of their data protection activities based on service catalog options or pricing—or a desire to not be locked down indefinitely to a specific BaaS provider.

Should I move to Baas or not?

Some businesses may move to BaaS regardless of whether they have content in a cloud or not. This may allow them to leverage backup technology they don’t want to or otherwise unable to invest in themselves, particularly if backup is seen as a “utility” function beyond the core work requirements of the business. (You might think of this as the next evolution of managed services.) Moving to BaaS is also becoming popular for businesses switching to a maximized OpEx model over CapEx.

Published on Fri 01 February 2019 by Daisy Batty in Networking with tag(s): baas backup