Backup is a vital ingredient of a modern IT infrastructure, it makes up part of a successful data management strategy and helps organisations protect against the threats of cyber-crime. Cloud backup is an increasingly popular method of protecting data and has advantages such as flexibility of deployment and scalability that make it ideal for many organisations.
With some 2,500 PTB of data being created on a daily basis, data is exploding. Organisations are facing capacity challenges, management issues and dealing with added security complexities. The growth in data combined with the need to protect and manage commonly leads to increased operating costs; traditional backup solutions that require hardware often don’t scale easily and require heavy capital investment. There is also a need to be able to control data and monitor it correctly. This becomes difficult with data being created and stored in multiple locations and can cause major headaches for IT teams trying to assess security. Centralising data can give an overview but is not always possible.
The cyber-security threat landscape has changed in recent years. Ransomware is a major factor and cyber-criminals are often well organised and sometimes even state-sponsored.
Utilising the cloud
One of the major advantages of cloud solutions is the flexibility that they can provide. Solutions can be deployed within minutes, deal with data as it grows or reduces in size and there is no need for heavy upfront investment or professional services to get set up. Cloud solutions are also ideal for dealing with the challenges associated with managing data of remote users, multiple sites and complex environments.
With data growth such a challenge for many organisations, cloud provides a highly scalable option to deal with it. Services and solutions can quickly scale up to meet the needs of an organisations growing data, additional users and additional requirements. Historically scaling services would require additional hardware and a complex, often manual, set up.
Cloud services can be deployed in many ways across either public or private cloud offerings. With the flexibility and scalability cloud services can offer, they are ideal for meeting business goals of saving costs. Cloud is often deployed on a pay-as-you-go model, ensuring that organisations only pay for what they use.
How cloud backup fits in as a vital part of an IT environment
Data is becoming more and more valuable to organisations. Protecting it correctly is not only part of a successful data management strategy but is vital to meet compliance and regulatory guidelines. Backup is the first step in securely managing and protecting data and there are multiple ways that organisations can choose to do it. Cloud technologies are growing in use and this is no change when it comes to backup.
Cloud backup brings the benefits of flexibility and scalability in addition to increasing availability, ensuring protection and helping to decrease data loss. Traditional backup technologies often output data to removal storage media for it to be securely stored offsite; to ensure data protection any removable storage media must be securely encrypted.
Backup is required so that data can be recovered when it is most needed, this can be for compliance, due to loss or deletion or as part of a recovery test. Different scenarios will require that a backup solution can recover data in different time frames. Cloud backup will often give this level of flexibility whereas traditional backups require data to be recovered from hardware in its entirety before a single file or folder can be accessed. When a disaster strikes such as a ransomware infection this can be vital, stopping downtime and getting users back online as soon as possible.
Cloud backup solutions easily tackle the challenge of protecting data spread across multiple sites, servers or machines and can be managed centrally. This gives IT teams the ability to securely monitor and report on full data sets from one central place.
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