Cloud backup solutions are characterized by diverse offerings, each with its own set of features, security measures, and pricing schemes. Our analysis will dissect the various components that constitute the cost of utilizing these services, ranging from storage and bandwidth fees to data transfer and retrieval expenses.
Today the lowest cost media per terabyte for backups is still tape, even after factoring in the handling costs of manually loading and unloading tape libraries, and logistics surrounding off-site storage. However, while inexpensive, tapes are inflexible. And when used as an offline solution it can take many hours to retrieve them from offsite storage – not to mention the additional time required to load them into a tape library before a recovery can even start.