Are Backups Living in the Past?
Nothing in the last decade has been more transformative to how companies operate and gain competitive advantage than the adoption of the public and private cloud.
Now, as an essential part of doing business, using cloud technology is being considered the new “normal.” As we move forward with new innovative technologies, for many of us, our backups are still living in the past.
Backups started out with a client backing up through a backup server and writing the backup images to a target. Moreover, it used to be that the target was tape. Over time backup targets became more modern, replacing tape with a disk-based system, but often tape is still used for long-term offsite protection and disaster recovery.
In fact, 48 percent of us still use some form of a tape-based solution. But the reality is managing tape is a real pain. Backups and recoveries take too long, and success is difficult to verify. Media management is required to ensure freshness, costing time and resources. Also, these challenges do not include tape technology transitions and associated expense.
To become more productive, reduce cost and more importantly spend more time with your family and have a life, you must rethink your backup processes. Primarily, your backup storage.
In doing so, you can expect to see:
- Increased reliability of backups or recoveries
- Increased speed or agility of recoveries (faster RTO)
- Increased speed or frequency of backups (more RPO)
- Improved long-term retention (using cloud)
- Reduced backup storage/ storage hardware costs
- Reduced backup management (labor) time/ costs
Modernizing Backups with the Cloud
If you are looking at moving more business processes to the public cloud to help save cost and gain agility, backup is a likely candidate for cloud migration too. However, data privacy becomes a concern when sensitive information moves to the public cloud. Blindly backing up your data to the public cloud risks highly confidential data potentially being exposed. Then there is the cost. If data is being recalled or recovered there are additional costs associated with doing that.
Therefore, before you decide if the public cloud is right for your data, carry out a thorough risk (and cost) analysis. If you perceive the risks (and costs) too high, then maybe that public cloud is not the right solution for that type of data and an on-premises private storage cloud may be better suited.
Building a Private Cloud for Backup
So, instead of using tape for long-term offsite protection and disaster recovery, you can leverage your existing data centers by having a private storage cloud that spans them. Your backup images move automatically offsite readily accessible and quickly recoverable on the network. Think about it; this can give you your weekends back.
Alternatively, if you want the best of both worlds or have one data center to work with, a hybrid storage cloud enables you to retain control over your sensitive or regulated data by storing it in an on-premises private storage cloud, while still being able to utilize the public cloud for less-sensitive data.
These are just a few of the things Seth Bobroff and I are going to talk about in our upcoming webinar.
Join me and Seth Bobroff, Director of Marketing at Western Digital, to learn what can be made possible when you back up using object storage from Western Digital with a cloud data management solution from Veritas.