By Simon Watkins
Worldwide Product Marketing Manager
Years ago, castles needed to be defended with deep moats and towering stone walls. But today, your data also needs a strong defense – and we’re not just talking about fire breathing dragons.
Today’s infrastructures require impenetrable security, and enterprises are looking more and more to the cloud. As a result, security in the cloud, particularly the public cloud, can not only be a knight in shining armor, but also a huge concern that requires assurances that your data will not be compromised.
An increasing number of organizations are now deploying a “cloud first” strategy, mandating that a percentage of their IT functions move to the cloud. A recent ESG analyst survey of IT professionals reports that when it comes to leveraging the cloud in specific ways to support cost-effective IT modernization, backup and disaster recovery (DR) represent two of the most frequent uses for cloud storage today. This is in large part due to the operational agility, efficiency and appealing cost structure that a secure off-site data repository provides.
But no matter how far along you are in adopting a cloud strategy, your data center isn’t going anywhere any time soon. You’re going to need to maintain and manage your on‐premises infrastructure for many years to come. And from a data protection perspective, this means that you still have to deliver on increasingly tight backup windows and recovery SLAs for your business-critical applications.
Therefore, it makes sense to optimize your on-premises storage infrastructure for the cloud model. But, what are the key attributes to consider in selecting cloud-ready data protection infrastructure? Focus on simplicity, efficiency, and security – and make sure these operate the same way in and out of the cloud. Here’s how that translates into specific capabilities.
Built for the Cloud
Cloud-ready data protection infrastructure must simplify working with cloud services. It shouldn’t add cloud as an afterthought requiring a complex stew of additional hardware and software to integrate. Instead, it needs to natively cloud-enable your backup and enterprise applications and let you seamlessly move backup data to the cloud of your choice, with no separate cloud gateway or virtual appliance required.
It should also orchestrate the optimal balance between performance and cost with automated, intelligent, multi-tiered data protection – from on-premises arrays to the public cloud. This will let you easily leverage the economics, agility, and scale of the cloud for archive or disaster recovery, while continuing to use your on-premises infrastructure for fast, reliable operational recovery.
Making “Cents” of Cloud Backup and DR
The perceived economic benefits of protecting data in the public cloud can be de-valued by the ongoing costs that quickly add up when you are charged for every GB sent, stored, and retrieved. As an example, backing up 10TB of data to Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 object storage with 30 days retention over six years – at $0.025 per GB – will cost over half a million dollars! In addition, you will require an expensive 3Gb dedicated link-in to AWS to ensure you meet your backup window.
So reducing the amount of data you are sending to the public cloud is key to optimizing your cloud investment. By deploying highly efficient de-duplicated data transfer, you can send, store, and retrieve only unique data. This can reduce time, costs. and network bandwidth for cloud storage by more than 20X compared to standard public cloud services.
What Cloud-Ready Disaster Recovery Looks Like
- Cloud-ready disaster recovery should let you mitigate the risk of downtime while avoiding the cost and complexity of building and maintaining a secondary site.
- It ought to provide a compelling alternative to less agile tape-based disaster recovery, especially where investments in tape are fully depreciated and due for refresh.
- It must protect you against site loss by recovering self-describing backup data from the cloud to any local or cloud based backup system, anywhere in the world.
- And, it needs to ensure secure transmission and storage in the cloud with in-flight/at rest encryption and data immutability.
Data No Longer Under Siege
Your data center isn’t going anywhere, so why not move to cloud-ready data protection? Reducing the amount of data you are sending to the public cloud – while seamlessly integrating with your existing data protection workflows and ensuring data security – is key to realizing the true value of the cloud. With this cloud-ready data protection plan in place, you will have battlements around your castle that cannot be breached.
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Last modified: May 3, 2019