How backup centralisation reduces the risks and costs of the cloud

Sep 2013
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How backup centralisation reduces the risks and costs of the cloud

 

The following is a guest post from Jasmina Vermezovic from LiveBackupcentral

There is no stopping the cloud, according to the latest surveys more than 2/3 of companies are at least discussing adoption of cloud applications into daily operations.

It is to be expected that positive decision will be easily reached by most, based on promised ease of management, improved scalability and disaster preparedness. However there are several hidden costs that organisations might soon be facing if the decision is rushed. Although most of the risks can be avoided with careful planning, there might also be a way to address the current situation, regain control and insure protection of all corporate data.

Dealing with the rogue clouds

Companies continually search for business solutions that will keep them competitive and improve the flexibility of their practices. Sometimes in order to save time, employees use unauthorised cloud applications/storages to share files with outside vendors, such as personal Google drives. Companies need to be able to prevent exposure of sensitive data but also to achieve recoverability of data stored in the cloud.

As Google Apps are being increasingly adopted by businesses of all sizes, backup solutions capable of supporting the suite are becoming increasingly in demand as well.

Such backup solution effectively deals with rogue clouds, making sure that although user friendly and flexible, the cloud also provides business grade security.

Cloud storage and non-deduplication

Another solution that can be adopted quickly is that cloud storage in theory has some important advantages - it can be deployed quickly and companies only pay for what they use. It is highly scalable, therefore it is easy to adjust the capacity.

However, a closer look reveals that, since most cloud storages do not support deduplication, companies end up paying for up to 6 times more storage than they actually need. Other challenges include inability to tier data stored in the cloud, so a company does not have an option to adjust to the more efficient manner of data storing.

Recovering data from the cloud is by default slow. According to the survey results, more than one-fifth estimate recovering from the cloud would take three days or longer. Although downtime costs vary significantly within industries, due to the different effects of downtime, several days is still not acceptable for most businesses.

Hybrid environments do not imply hydra-like backup solutions

Companies nowadays store their information on physical, virtual and cloud storage - a complicated environment in regards to backup and recovery, that often results in multiple backup solutions.

According to the survey results, more than two-thirds of enterprises today are using three or more solutions to back up their data. The problems this situation causes for IT departments are not negligible. It is not only necessary to train your staff to use all the solutions, but the management of all those processes is time-consuming. Potentially, the most damaging consequence is the inability to achieve a central, single overview of the entire network.

Instead of combining different backup solutions for cloud applications, critical servers and virtual environments that are complicated and provide dubious restorability assurances, companies are advised to look for a platform and device agnostic solutions capable of meeting all their data protection goals.

True advantages of centralised backup

Centrally managed backup that supports all platforms and devices allows companies to focus on business goals, users, and data, instead of technologies and devices. It also makes sure that information is safe all the time and, most importantly, accessible and restorable whenever needed.

With a single point backup overview it is becoming increasingly easier not only to manage, but to plan future data protection directions.

Centralisation therefore adds to the intangible value of the company that can be hard to calculate without taking some facts into consideration. Just think how much each hour of downtime would result in lost opportunity, shaken customer loyalty, damaged reputation, and lowered employee morale.

About Jasmina Vermezovic

Jasmina VermezovicJasmina works as part of the sales team at LiveBackup, Australia’s leading backup and recovery provider. Prior to moving into sales analytics and support, Jasmina was involved in the development of online platforms, technical documentation and web content for the backup services provider. Jasmina holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Ethnology and Anthropology from the University of Belgrade. During her professional career, Jasmina has worked in a variety of roles, including Marketing and Sales Copywriter, Account Manager, as well as Journalist/Editor for the major national news agency where she covered topics in economics, politics, education, social policies and IT related topics. Her interests include data management, data protection and IT trends.

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