Modernizing Data Protection to Meet Today’s Digital-Businesses Needs
Few areas of mainstream IT technology are in greater need of innovation than backup and recovery. The requirement to keep data and applications safe – while ensuring their fast and reliable restoration – remains of critical importance. However, the needs for data protection have changed with the modern digital business. This Data Protection Buyer’s Guide blog series discusses how legacy backup solutions failed to keep up with the data explosion, and how a modern backup and recovery solution for data protection will help.
Today’s digitally-transformed IT needs a backup and recovery solution that has kept pace with the demands of our digital world. Unfortunately, backup is often treated as a burdensome overhead, or a passive insurance policy, rather than a source of strategic value.
The reasons for this complacency are well documented, and have led to massive complexity in managing service levels, unnecessary cost, and unpredictable recovery times.
- Exploding data volumes.
- Keeping everything ‘forever’.
- Heightened expectations of users.
- Fragmentation across physical, virtualized, and cloud environments.
- A growing patchwork of different pieces to control the backup environment.
It is not uncommon for IT to have an escalating number of solutions, from different vendors, in place just for backup. These are accompanied by a battalion of dedicated servers, gateways, storage, networking components, and tape devices that all need to be maintained and coordinated.
Then there’s archiving, offsite disaster recovery, copy management, access for test & development, and so on. The task of protecting and provisioning corporate data and apps has become both complicated and expensive, and the changing digital landscape will only continue to make it worse.
Cloud to the Rescue?
“But what about the cloud?” I hear you ask. A common assumption is, “Surely the public cloud providers can offload the need for all this infrastructure and just take care of my data for me!”
Unfortunately, this assumption is far from accurate. Discounting the issues around data sovereignty and regulation, the public cloud providers are not responsible for your data’s integrity.
Simply put, public cloud providers are only responsible for providing the infrastructure and access to the storage for your data. At the end of the day, you are still responsible for your data – both backup and recovery – even in the cloud. At best, cloud can be yet another target for your existing set of data protection solutions. At worst, cloud adds more complexity, more expense, and more risk exposure to your environment.
All of which raises the point: How can we modernize data protection to meet the needs of today’s digital businesses?
A Fresh Look at the Old Problem of Backup and Recovery
Solving the legacy backup problem means bringing new innovation to secondary data operations. For example, applying Google-class design principles – such as hyperconvergence, software-defined infrastructure, and web-scale – will result in a modern, web-scale backup and recovery solution.
In the following Data Protection Buyer’s Guide blogs, we will provide feedback for IT professionals looking to re-evaluate their current data protection environments. In addition to discussing a new hyperconverged approach, we’ll identify what to look for in a modern data protection solution. We will also help with self-assessment, evaluation criteria, and questions to ask when looking at alternative approaches. Stay tuned to this space.