The legendary tightrope artist Karl Wallenda maintained that working without a safety net helped sharpen his concentration. That would ultimately prove to be a fatal choice when he fell during a 1978 performance in Puerto Rico.
A shocking number of organizations also take perilous gambles every day because of inadequate or nonexistent data protection strategies. Lacking a digital safety net, they are vulnerable to disasters, cyberattacks and system failures that could result in business-killing data losses.
Research shows that up to a third of organizations never back up their business data, while many of the remaining two-thirds do so only intermittently — in some cases, only about once a month. Many say they are forced to take this risk by backup processes are so complicated and time-consuming that they interfere with day-to-day operational realties.
In most cases, however, issues stem from a reliance upon outdated backup practices and technologies. According to Veeam’s 2020 Data Protection Trends Report, 40 percent of organizations still rely on legacy systems to protect their data without fully appreciating the negative impact this can have on their business. Tools designed for conventional on-premises backup are ill-suited for protecting data spread across multiple data centers, cloud platforms, edge servers and endpoint devices.
Leveraging the Cloud
Backup modernization can resolve many of today’s data protection strategies through the use of flash, cloud and hybrid backup solutions along with increased automation and data-reduction technologies. The latest solutions handle both cloud and on-premises workloads through a single dashboard while compressing the backup window and enabling fast and efficient recovery.
Cloud backup should be an essential element of any modernization strategy. Pure cloud backup involves copying data directly to a provider’s cloud infrastructure through agents installed locally on company computers and user devices. In a hybrid cloud backup approach, data is copied to an onsite appliance that in turn synchronizes the data to a cloud provider. Either approach allows you to easily restore data in the event of a server crash or some other disaster. Another benefit is that cloud backup options require no capital investment in equipment and makes backup an operational cost.
Cloud backup makes it easier for organizations to adopt the “3-2-1” data protection strategy that is widely considered to be an industry best practice. This approach calls for you to make three separate copies of data, store two of them on different types of media, with one located at an offsite location. The cloud provides an affordable alternative to traditional offsite storage, eliminating the cost and complexity of building or maintaining a separate physical facility.
Reduce Manual Processes
Increased automation is another benefit. In addition to eliminating error-prone manual processes, automated backup and file syncing reduces the backup window and relieves your staff of much of the management burden. Backups occur automatically on a scheduled basis, and data is automatically compressed, deduplicated and encrypted. Automated testing features ensure that all data and applications can be recovered if there is a disruption.
Automation is particularly important for backing up virtual machines. VM backup requires synchronization of the storage layer, hypervisor, operating system and application because data is often active in each. Best-in-class cloud backup solutions will ensure consistent backup and recovery without additional software installed on VMs.
Although the consequences of data loss are well understood, too few businesses have an acceptable backup and recovery strategy in place. Legacy solutions designed for on-premises backups have too many limitations for today’s dispersed data landscape.
RMM’s Oct. 1 Virtual Technology Event will feature a panel discussion on ways to modernize your backup environment, including the use of cloud backup. Join us to learn how to create a safety net for your data, systems and applications.
Should you wish to have one of our data recovery, and retention specialist contact you to discuss your individual strategy, review your current efforts, and offer a review for your consideration, please contact RMM.