Whether you are an early cloud adopter or a skeptic, it is hard to deny the reliability, security, and scalability that it offers today. IT leaders are discovering the transformational potential of moving disparate workloads to a single cloud platform for greater efficiency and agility.
Forbes recently noted that by 2018, more than 60% of enterprises will have at least half of their infrastructure on cloud-based platforms. One approach gaining traction among IT leaders is leveraging cloud architecture for secondary workflows such as backup, archival and disaster recovery (DR) to the cloud. Traditionally, business have cobbled together multiple software solutions to address disaster recovery (DR), backup and archival as part of a larger data protection practice which is inefficient and costly.
Today, the public cloud offers greater efficiency for IT, more reliability for the business, and improved security for data. On top of the cloud’s security and scale benefits, consolidating workflows such as backup, disaster recovery, and PaaS opportunities in the cloud can save enterprises anywhere from one-half to one-third of their costs.
We’ve assembled 20 real-world business reasons to move backup, archival and disaster recovery (DR) – and additional workflows such as Test/Dev – to a single, native cloud platform.
Backup and Restore
- Automatically protect data without the need for expensive on-site hardware and administrative overhead.
- The OpEX model (versus CapEX) enables enterprises to pay only for what is used, improving Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
- Reliable, durable, fast and cost-effective data recovery enabled by an enterprise-grade multi-region public cloud infrastructure.
- Your data can be is fully encrypted in transit and at rest with no vendor access to your data.
Disaster Recovery (DR)
5. Eliminate the need to replicate your production system in full at a secondary compay managed data center. DR is available on demand in the cloud.
6. Replicated virtual machines can be pushed to any global location, making spin-up in the event of disaster efficient.
7. With virtual machines replicated off-site, system downtime (and its resulting impact on productivity) can be reduced to minutes.
8. Cloud-based systems enable enterprises to store replicated virtual machines to multiple different storage regions for even greater protection and redundancy.
9. More efficient storage combined with a best of breed deduplication technology allows for data to be cost effectively retained long term.
10. Streamlining the archival process lowers cost and eliminates reliance on tape, which is an error-prone and manual process.
11. Because the data is stored in the cloud, it’s at the ready for data mining, legal and compliance needs.
Test and Development
12. Test/Dev replicated systems can be instantly spun-up as needed, on demand, with no dedicated hardware or software for greater flexibility and speed.
13. By leveraging a copy of a virtual machine in the cloud, tests and validation can be run against a copy of the production data with no interference to critical production environments.
14. A single replicated virtual machine can be centrally managed and replicated as much as needed, even across geographies so test/dev can be easily managed around the clock.
15. No need for separate Test/Dev systems as you can repurpose available virtual machines.
16. Analyze backed up data to understand risks and challenges around dormant data, storage growth and data classification.
17. A cloud storage model can increase visibility into existing data which can then be better leveraged for additional business value.
18. It’s a single data source – not multiple data sources – so you save on resources spent moving data across systems, and eliminate redundancies.
19. Organizations can turn on/off services on-demand by leveraging an existing public cloud account such as AWS or Azure.
20. Converge multiple workloads together in a ‘single pane of glass’ while gaining the assurance that your data, stored on the public cloud infrastructure, adheres to global data privacy regulations.
Because of these 20 reasons and more, we’re excited to announce the industry’s first converged cloud solution for backup, archival and disaster recovery. Read the news here.
For a deeper understanding of why cloud-based data protection makes sense today, download our new white paper titled ‘Leveraging The Public Cloud for Enterprise Data Protection.’