Rationalizing Backup Licensing Strategies

Rationalizing Backup Licensing StrategiesThe backup process has a myriad of costs associated with them. There is the obvious cost of the hardware - backup servers, backup storage and network infrastructure. There is also the cost of operations to manage the backup process. One of the biggest costs and one that is seldom addressed is the cost associated with the backup software itself; upfront purchase price, upgrade and expansion costs as well as ongoing support and maintenance costs.

Understanding backup licensing costs has always been a difficult task and initiatives like server virtualization make it even more so. In this report, Storage Switzerland will explain the motivation behind backup software licenses, review the various models that are in the market today and suggest a new model for the future.

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