Recovery is really the only reason why companies are investing in backup solutions, but meeting the recovery objectives of the business is becoming more challenging by the day. 39% of European IT managers confirmed in a recent IDC survey that their recovery objectives have decreased from hours to minutes over the past year. This is not only true for traditional business-critical applications such as ERP systems and databases - it now also includes collaboration and productivity tools for employees, as communication and interaction with co-workers, customer, and partners are done through multiple digital channels which need to be available at all times.
Mainstream adoption of virtualisation has made cloud services more popular for backup and recovery because virtual machines can be replicated fairly easily to the cloud provider site, especially when compression and deduplication are switched on.
When you add cloud to your backup and recover process, which is currently a priority for 36% of European IT managers according to IDC research, there are a few points that you need to consider to ensure effective recovery:
Overall you need to assess where cloud makes sense in your backup and recovery process and for which workloads you want to use it. If you decide to use cloud services as backup targets, you need to make sure that your backup solution optimises recovery from the cloud and helps you keep recovery costs under control. Using granular recovery options in combination with snapshots, data deduplication, and compression to shrink the data footprint that needs to be transferred over the network, you can ensure that only what is needed is recovered. Otherwise you might get a big surprise in the form of a higher than expected cloud service charge.
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