Cost-effective disaster recovery and data protection

March 25, 2021

You moved your workloads to the cloud; now what?

"Data is the lifeblood of every organization." How many times have you heard or read this statement? If that’s true, why are so many companies lackadaisical regarding their data protection strategies? The reasons are many, from lack of support from the C-suite to simply not understanding what data protection is or its importance. Nonetheless, the need for a solid data protection strategy continues to intensify.

“Data is the lifeblood of every organization.” How many times have you heard or read this statement? However, many organizations are lackadaisical regarding their data protection strategies. There are many reasons for this, from lack of support from leadership, lack of budgeting prioritization, or lack of understanding about new technologies that are easier and less expensive to implement and maintain.

There are some questions you may want to ask:

  1. Do you have an up-to-date and tested disaster recovery plan?
  2. Do you regularly test your DR with partial and full failovers?
  3. Do you regularly test your backups with partial and full restores?
  4. Can your DR infrastructure support a significant disaster event? 

A resilient IT infrastructure is necessary to respond to internal and external disruptions, protect your data and keep your applications available. Unfortunately, data protection and DR are often considered an “after-thought” project, and many organizations still see them as optional insurance policies. However, new technologies have made backup and DR services dramatically less complex and costly for internal IT staff to implement and maintain.

Cloud-based data protection and DR, such as Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), have proven to be robust, scalable and cost-efficient solutions to protect data and applications. They can protect your environment according to its criticality to the business. 

  • DRaaS is used to recover critical data and applications, using cloud infrastructure with low Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) that align with your business resiliency strategy.
  • BaaS is a cost-effective cloud solution to back up data and prevent data loss while providing easy on-demand restores. Some BaaS providers also offer affordable Object Storage Service (OBS) solutions for long-term data archiving, making a cost-effective solution for long-term retention. 

Creating and maintaining data protection and disaster recovery strategy, plans and testing can be complex, time-consuming, and require skills that not many organizations have internally available. For these specialized tasks, an external service provider or consulting group can work with your team to create, maintain and test resiliency and recovery. 

Operationally, capacity planning and budgeting for the growth of the systems can be challenging compared to the on-demand usage of as-a-service systems. Financially, as-a-service avoids CAPEX investments in hardware, software, network and storage systems which are expensive, long-term investments.

Protecting your hybrid IT environment is essential to your business, but it isn’t a simple task. Reduce cost and complexity by partnering with a service provider that offers end-to-end data protection and DR infrastructure with backup and DR as-a-service. You can provide for resiliency and recoveries while freeing your internal IT teams to pursue more strategic projects that grow your business.

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