Cloud Computing Experts Reveal Top 5 Applications for 2010

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Cloud Backup Ranked Among Top Cloud Applications as Enterprises Take Early
Advantage of Economic Recovery To Control Capital Expenses

Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud BackupT and recovery software provider since
1986, today highlighted what analysts and industry experts say are the top
five cloud applications that companies are expected to adopt or expand their
use of in the next 12 months. Reasons companies are making the shift toward
cloud computing applications such as cloud backup include reduced capital
expense, simple deployment, data mobility, and continuous access to the
latest software features and functionality. Cloud applications enable firms
to quickly harness the power of this new IT platform to streamline
operations as the economy recovers.

“The economic downturn of the last couple of years has forced firms to cut
costs across the board, including investments in IT equipment and staff.
Most economists expect business to rebound in 2010, but many companies no
longer have the finances to buy the hardware and software needed to take
advantage of the recovery,” said Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President for
Asigra. “By using cloud-based services, companies are taking advantage of
shared hardware and software resources to meet the needs of their customers
and their prospects. They can buy as much or as little computing power as
they need without the cost and delays of purchasing and installing hardware
and software in-house.”

“Many of the most widely adopted use cases for cloud services are data and
content-intensive in nature,” noted Richard Villars, Vice President of
Storage and IT Executive Strategies at IDC. “We find that organizations
dealing with rapid data growth, extended data retention periods, and the
economic realities of lower capital and operational expenditures are among
the leading shapers and users of cloud applications.”

According to IDC1, the top five cloud applications that organizations are
likely to pursue in 2010 include:

1. Collaboration Applications

2. Web Applications/Web Serving

3. Cloud Backup

4. Business Applications

5. Personal Productivity Applications

As one of the top cloud applications for 2010, cloud backup protects data
offsite to ensure against a data loss event due to an IT mishap, power
outage or a more devastating local disaster like a hurricane, flood or
earthquake. Lost data from just a simple notebook could cost a company some
$50,000, according to a Ponemon Institute study2. So the loss of corporate
data that is several times more than would be on a single laptop would be
that much more expensive.

Cloud backup enables companies to quickly recover their information while
paying for only the services they need. The software layer is completely
virtual and separate from the hardware layer, providing additional
protection against equipment failure. The newest cloud solutions offer
complete data mobility, pricing flexibility and fast data recovery so that
organizations of any size do not miss a beat. Unlike online backup, cloud
backup allows users to migrate data between different service providers to
eliminate lock-in, the orphaning of backup data, and high-performance data
recovery that meets stringent Recovery Time Objectives demanded by business.
Cloud backup is also further separated from online backup in that it can be
deployed in a hybrid environment (onsite private cloud and using a public
cloud backup service provider for maximum economies of scale).

“By utilizing cloud services delivered on a robust and advanced operations
platform, companies are able to leverage the latest that technology has to
offer while enjoying the efficiencies that make the technology advantageous
from a pricing perspective,” said Stacy Hayes, Vice President at Terremark.
“At Terremark, our purpose-built datacenters provide access to a massive and
diverse network of systems across more than 160 global carriers for a
comprehensive suite of managed solutions that help organizations simplify
their IT operations.”

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Resources

. Why Cloud Backup/Recovery WILL be Your Data Protection

. Agentless Backup is Not a Myth

. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Field Audit Report: Asigra

. Product Advisor: Interactive Tool for Configuring Asigra in Your
Environment

About Asigra

Leading organizations reduce costs by applying cloud computing to backup and
recovery with efficient, cost-effective and transformational solutions from
Asigra. Customers consistently redirect savings derived from our approach to
projects of higher strategic and personal value, many of which have been
on-hold for a year or more. The positive business outcomes made possible
from a low touch agentless architecture deliver enormous value with little
up-front investment. The company and its products have been widely acclaimed
by leading partners such as CDW, HP and SunGard and renowned Global 2000
enterprises. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices
globally. For more information, visit RecoverYourCool.com.

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