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The PBBA (Purpose-Built Backup Appliance) market growth is still expanding, with worldwide PBBA factory revenues growing by 4.1% year on year in the 4th quarter of 2015. PBBAs are specifically useful for start-up companies experiencing rapid growth and expansion, and as a result develops a need to step up from entry level backup strategies.
These companies are in a position where they have to formulate their backup strategies from scratch and by themselves. Chances that rapidly growing start-up companies have the capital to expand their own IT departments into a comprehensive IT “one-stop solution shop” are very slim. These IT departments probably consist of one or two IT administrators who are over-worked and underpaid, and that outsource a lot of the more intricate and complex work to other more experienced vendors.
In this instance, you have to ask yourself what would be more beneficial for the company: building, configuring, managing, maintaining your own backup strategy (with minimal technical support and higher risk of data loss); or, investing in a managed service PBBA, where everything is taken care of and you can sleep soundly knowing your backups are taken care of?
It would be brave, adventurous yet treacherous to attempt the former, and foolish not to undertake the latter.
When choosing a managed service PBBA, we recommend that the backup appliance is not the only place where backups can be stored. In combination with the backup appliance it is wise to either mirror the data to alternative offsite backup server, or make use of cloud backup services.
If you’d like to know more about choosing the right backup device for your needs, see one of our previous articles.
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