Why a hybrid data protection management strategy makes sense

February 28, 2018 Uncategorized
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"Moderation in all things," is an age-old saying that still remains relevant, even in the era of technologically advanced IT. The popularity of hybrid cloud computing in particular is a testament to the appeal of a balanced strategy that balances the control and familiarity of on-premises infrastructure with the flexibility and scalability of cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service.

Backup and disaster recovery (DR) have both been transformed by hybrid approaches blending traditional data management services with newer solutions superseding the limitations of legacy media. For example, this route might entail maintaining a local appliance that serves as the main backup target while also synchronizing its state with a server in the cloud.

Correctly configured and managed, a hybrid solution can be highly cost-effective and extremely reliable. In particular, it helps reduce hardware costs without sacrificing performance or jeopardizing the operations of a cloud environment. Let's look at three reasons why you should consider implementing Backup as a Service (BaaS) and/or Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as a part of a hybrid setup for superior information management:

1. It simplifies compliance with the 3-2-1 rule

The 3-2-1 rule is not a regulation per se, but it influences how a lot of organizations structure their backup and DR operations. It holds that you should:

  • Maintain 3 or more copies of a data set, i.e. the original plus 2 backups.
  • Use 2 or more distinct backup formats, whether that means different physical media (e.g., disk, tape, etc.) or the combination of on-prem and cloud-based storage.
  • Keep at least one of your backups offsite, either in a remote/branch office or in the cloud, so that an electrical outage or natural disaster at your main site doesn't destroy everything.

Hybrid backup/DR makes it easier to ensure redundancy and resiliency, especially since the managed service provider (MSP) overseeing the BaaS and DRaaS components will usually work closely with you to customize their solutions for your requirements.

"Hybrid backup/DR makes it easier to ensure redundancy and resiliency."

2. It takes pressure off your internal IT teams

Many IT departments are currently in transition. Once most closely associated with the help desk and assisting with routine maintenance and upgrade workflows, IT is now expected to serve as a competitive engine, in part by becoming a broker of different public, hybrid and private cloud services across their respective organizations.

At the same time, they're often expected to get by with skeleton crews, due to limited budgets and difficulties in finding skilled personnel in certain domains. Entrusting critical tasks like backup and DR to an experienced MSP can free up time for them to focus on projects other than making sure all important data is properly managed within increasingly complex IT environments.

Internal IT staff might still manage some aspects of backup/DR. However, they benefit from a reduced workload and from the peace of mind of having a proactive BaaS/DRaaS solution in operation 24/7/365.

3. It makes backup and DR costs more predictable and affordable

Relying exclusively on in-house backup can quickly become unaffordable, due to the constant need to maintain, replace and upgrade infrastructure, often through huge upfront expenses. At the same time, relying heavily on cloud-based services can create new costs related to bandwidth utilization.

A core benefit of both BaaS and DRaaS is a predictable cost structure based on a subscription that bundles technologies along with professional services from the provider. As a result, you don't have to worry about your next update or whether you're making optimal plans for which data to back up and how often to do so.

Plenty of money and time is squandered on technical resources that are not even utilized. Plus, there's the common pitfall of backing up more information than is really necessary, further raising total costs. BaaS, DRaaS and comprehensive data management from an MSP eliminate these major drains on IT dollars.

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