Sterling Data Storage announced the release of what the company calls its “largest data backup solution yet,” called the Big Cloud. The system was designed for companies that need to securely store large amounts of data “without sacrificing the advantages typically associated with cloud data backup,” including no large, upfront capital expenses and minimal ongoing costs, Sterling says.

The Big Cloud data backup system is intended for organizations that need to store at least 2 terabytes of data, the company says.

"We want our customers to focus on running their businesses — not worrying about the safety of their data," Jim Morand, CEO of Sterling Data Storage, said in a statement.

The popularity of cloud computing and big data backup has increased quickly in recent years as small and medium-sized businesses become more comfortable with cloud data backup and learn about its benefits, including high scalability, improved data protection and affordability, Sterling says.

Security features of the new system include multiple backup locations, data encryption prior to transport and restricted access. The system is designed to help companies meet the requirements of regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

One of the key benefits of the storage system is scalability. When business growth drives the need for additional data, a company can purchase additional backup space, Sterling says.

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