Backup is often thought of as a safety net, an expense like a life insurance policy, something that you have to have but not something that can provide a real return on the investment. If this is the case for you then you may not have the right backup application.

The selection of a new backup application can lower the cost of that insurance policy in terms of resource investment, network infrastructure, backup disk storage and tape storage as well as increase the efficiency of the personnel operating that application. Lastly it should be able to provide an actual return on the investment by doing more than just sitting idly by waiting for the worst case to happen. Instead it should allow you to leverage the data it contains for other uses.