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How to Protect Your Hybrid IT Workloads

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.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated adoption of digitalization and brought with it a sense of urgency for well-planned data protection and disaster recovery (DR) infrastructures. Organizations with robust data protection and DR plans were able to quickly shift their operations to digital and send their workplace to work remotely with minimal impact on their business routine. Disaster recovery is essential for protecting digital assets and keeping the business running under adversity.

Do you still keep your disaster recovery and backup infrastructure on-premise in the same physical space as your production environment? What about storage? Can your storage infrastructure scale as fast as the business requires?

To protect your data and keep your applications available, independent of where your workloads reside, a robust and scalable IT infrastructure is necessary to safeguard your environment against all types of internal and external disruptions. Regardless of their importance, these services are not often associated with an organization’s core business. Data protection and DR are often considered an "after-thought" project, and many organizations still see them as an optional insurance policy.

The reality is that workload placement and data protection go hand in hand. As you migrate your workloads to the cloud, you must continue protecting your data and applications to ensure operationality and business continuity.

Cloud-based data protection and DR infrastructures 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 your cloud workloads. They can protect your whole virtualized environment according to its criticality to the business. 

  • DRaaS is often used to protect critical data and applications that require low Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) to keep the business always available. 
  • BaaS is a cost-effective solution to back up data and applications that don't need low RTOs and RPOs but require on-demand availability and easy accessibility. Some BaaS providers also offer affordable Object Storage Service (OBS) solutions for long-term data archiving, making it an integrated and scalable solution. 

Creating and maintaining an internal data protection and disaster recovery environment can be complex, time-consuming, and require a set of skills that not many organizations have available internally. Capacity planning and budgeting for the growth of the systems can be difficult compared to the on-demand usage of as-a-service systems. It also involves CAPEX investments in hardware, software, network and storage systems.

Although many organizations have a cloud-first strategy, migration to the cloud is complex. Some legacy on-premise systems are not ready to move to the cloud, but they still need to be protected. Using a colocation site as a DR environment for on-premise infrastructure can help organizations save money and keep it secure and compliant without allocating the internal IT resources to manage it regularly. 

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 hybrid IT-managed service provider that offers end-to-end data protection and DR infrastructure. Free up your internal IT teams to pursue more strategic projects to support your business.

Steve Hasselbach, Solutions Architect

Steve Hasselbach

Solutions Architect

Steve Hasselbach has 27 years of IT experience and is an expert in Disaster Recovery solutions. As Senior Solution Architect Manager at Flexential, Steve works close to prospects and customers to design robust DR solutions that address complex infrastructure requirements and business needs.

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