Enterprise data backup has become as much of a burden as it is a necessity. It’s not glamorous, not something you want to think about all day – but backup is essential. As long as data keeps growing we’re all going to have to spend time, effort and money making sure it’s protected and available.
The backup business has been slowly improving on the status quo for some time. Do you believe in thinking beyond better backup?
It’s time to start thinking beyond backup, about built-in backup, about not doing the backup at all. No silos, no replication, no licenses. Yes, it is possible. It can be called as backup independence. It’s about embracing security, access, and mobility while casting off siloed data, secondary data centers, and slow RPO and RTO.
YES, tech leaders can and must dissolve those technological bands and assume the powers of the cloud, the separate and equal station to which Moore’s Law entitles them. With a determination to escape the shackles of tape and secondary data centers, it can be impelled to declare data protection and backup independence.
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Holing these truths to be self-evident, that all data is created equal – whether it is hot or cold, driven by IoT devices or machine logs, stored in the cloud or at the edge – it is endowed by its generators with certain unalienable rights. Among these are simplicity, access, security and the pursuit of usefulness.
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Here are three points which can be targeted:
Data access anywhere
The enterprise shall make no law that requires users to replicate data for purposes of protection. These are the terabytes that try company souls. In the event of a disaster, must assert that every technologist may access data with RPO 0 and RTO < 1 min.
If it means to have a war, let it begin and end with the complete data security of the enterprise, an essential component of any data protection solution, which shall include encryption in transit and at rest.
Technologists shall be empowered to protect their data as easily as sticking a feather in their cap, in the most efficient manner possible, without redundant copies of data, infrastructure, software, hardware, and costs.
How it can be done?
Eliminate secondary storage and get to the cloud for backup and DR
Get rid of your secondary storage and get into the cloud for on-demand DR. Whether you already have a secondary infrastructure for DR or are getting serious about backup and DR for the first time, the complexity, cost, and management requirements of utilizing a secondary storage implementation are serious barriers. From provisioning equipment to making copy after copy of your data, the secondary data center model is enough to make you want to forget backup and DR altogether.
Thankfully, there is a better way: go to the cloud. Be prepared, for anything, no matter where you are on the backup and DR path – already have an existing multi-site plan or building from the group up – the most important thing about DR is that it works 100 percent of the time, no questions asked.
Stop replicating your data
One of the major drawbacks of traditional backup and DR is the managing multiple copies of the same data. The 3-2-1 rule for data protection drives this home, encouraging companies to keep three copies of data for protection – and, according to Gartner, most companies make up to 10 copies of every piece of data. This presents cost and performance problems, before even trying to manage all these copies. Replace this with the “1 rule” and stop replicating data.