SSG Now Outlook Reports

Below is a list of our current Outlook Reports

  • Backing up Software-as-a-Service Applications

    Cloud-based applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS) are quickly revolutionizing the way companies deploy and manage their business-critical computing resources. The impetus for moving to SaaS applications include lower costs, ease of administration and deployment, automatic scaling of resources, ubiquitous access, resiliency and data security. The cloud certainly delivers all of these benefits to varying degrees. Of these benefits, data security and resiliency are probably the most often cited yet least understood aspects of SaaS applications, because most companies assume cloud-based application providers will fully protect their data with complete backup and recovery services. Though various SaaS providers do perform regular backups of customer data, those backups are not configurable or accessible in any way from the customer perspective. For example, though backs up their customer data nightly, the only option for recovery is to engage Salesforce directly, pay a minimum of $10,000, then wait a few weeks for their data to be restored. does offer customers the opportunity to automatically export all customer data and attachments to a downloadable comma-separated values (CSV) file, though the most frequently that task can be scheduled is once a week. The other area of concern for companies who depend on SaaS applications is the process of performing restores of deleted, missing or corrupt files. Published on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | Deni Connor
  • Cloud Storage: Adoption, Practice and Deployment

    There are nearly as many definitions of cloud storage as there are providers of cloud services. In simplest terms, cloud storage is data storage or services hosted remotely on servers and storage devices on the Internet or a similar private network, usually hosted by a third party. This comprehensive report examines the landscape of the cloud storage market and the players in it. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Data Reduction: Realizing the Benefits of Deduplication and Compression

    Deduplication and compression of primary and secondary data brings a lot of benefits to an organization. Whether it is saving on the amount of disk space consumed by the backup process or on expenditures for additional storage capacity, the data reduction market is growing. It is becoming a necessary capability for most organizations when they look for backup software. There is confusion, however, in how different vendors implement their data deduplication – whether inline or post-processing is better, whether data should be compressed in variable length or fixed length blocks, and what the advantages of compressing data from the get-go are. Published on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 | admin
  • Abstract: 2012 The Changing Face of SMB Storage

    […] Published on Monday, May 7th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Solid State Drives and High-speed Memory Report and Survey – Table of Contents

    […] Published on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • Cloud Storage: Adoption, Practice and Deployment

    This study is a comprehensive report on the state of the cloud storage market and of the storage services that are layered atop of it. It includes a definition of cloud storage, discusses how cloud storage is deployed, surveys users on their expectations of the cloud and provides a detailed look at the vendors and services users will deploy in the cloud. The study is expected to be published in February 2011. Published on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • Abstract: Data protection and recovery in the Small-Midsized Business (SMB)

    […] Published on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 | Deni Connor