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The Case for Cloud Backup as a Service

Nicolette Downs
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This blog summarizes a Performive + Veeam white paper titled Top 6 Reasons to Use Cloud Backup. Download the entire white paper in the form below.

Having a backup solution that meets your needs is a huge advantage in the world of business. The digital assets of your business are essential, but ensuring their protection and availability is often overlooked. It’s crucial that an organizations’s IT leadership find a backup strategy that meets the modern requirements for business continuity, availability, data protection, and regulatory compliance. However, they often don’t, which costs the organization time, personnel resources, and money. The backup as a service market is growing steadily and is exactly what you need to combat these issues. Specifically, cloud backup as a service, which enables you to lower costs, reduce the workload on IT, improve security and compliance, leverage the skills of an experienced service provider, and move to an Opex pricing model.

With a modern cloud solution you pay for only what you need, when you need it. Traditional backup storage is antiquated, involves lock-in, and is costly, this isn’t the case with the elasticity of cloud backup which allows for the maximization of your IT resources. A cloud backup gives you the chance to move backups offsite to a service provider while maintaining complete visibility, control, end-to-end encryption, and quick access whenever you need. Cloud backups are a natural fit in a service-oriented model and are simple to deploy. They pave the way for a shift in spending and favor an Opex model over the traditional Capex model for IT spending. The Opex model gives organizations more flexibility, require less upfront investment, and is easier to manage.

For achieving the best practices with backups, always adhere to the “3-2-1 rule”, which is:

3. Maintain at least 3 copies of your data
2. Store data on at least 2 different types of storage media
1. Keep 1 copy of the backups in an offsite location

The last of which is easily achieved with a cloud backup solution.

Download the Top 6 Reasons to Use Cloud Backup white paper:

Know what your organization requires of its cloud backup solution; a simple data repository, managed vs. unmanaged, security features, compliance vs. sovereignty. You may choose a solution that offers replication in addition to backup so you can have added capabilities for disaster recovery. Disaster recovery through cloud backups allows you to respond to a disaster or any event that impacts availability. You can access and recover data quickly as opposed to having tapes somewhere in a storage facility.

Consider these three critical characteristics when searching for a solution:

  1. Industry-leading backup software that has been designed to take advantage of today’s highly virtualized environments. Look for a solution that has modern features such as end-to-end encryption and simple, high-bandwidth connectivity to get your backups offsite and into the cloud service provider’s backup repository
  2. A broad ecosystem of cloud partners, including all of the major public cloud providers — such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and Oracle Cloud — as well as a wide range of managed cloud services to offer you guidance and assistance
  3. Multiple features and functions to fit the needs of your organization, whether you are looking for a simple repository as a first-time cloud user or you are trying to maximize availability and data protection with added-value capabilities, such as WAN acceleration or full-site failover to a remote DR site

There’s lots to take into consideration while choosing the best cloud backup solution for your organization and working with an experienced provider, like Performive, can help you through the process. If you need an expert opinion we are available via live chat every day. Above all else, ensure your organization is adhering to the “3-2-1 rule” for business continuity.