Rubrik explains the relevance of modern data backup
According to a study by Flexera, 59 percent of organizations cite migrating more workloads to the cloud as their top initiative for 2021. No wonder, given the benefits associated with cloud computing, including reduced costs, improved collaboration capabilities, and greater flexibility.
Because different cloud providers offer different strengths, this often leads to companies using multiple cloud providers with their own cloud strategies. To prepare for success, companies should consider how cloud services fit into their entire IT landscape. One aspect that is playing an increasingly important role here is the feasibility of a modern data backup, as Rubrik explains.
Common Cloud misconceptions
What was intended as a simplifying technology can lead to new complexities. When multiple cloud solutions generate huge amounts of data stored in different locations, this leads to governance and compliance challenges.
Cloud computing, which was supposed to create an environment with a single interface for easy transparency and governance, has become a fragmented, hybrid environment. In this environment, unifying the strategy by aligning decisions and curbing data proliferation helps to clarify key questions: which systems need to be connected to which, where the vulnerabilities lie, where certain data is stored, and whether each data silo is compliant with local and state laws and regulations.
There are many reasons why companies choose to store some of their data on-premises or use multiple cloud providers. About 93 percent of companies already use multiple cloud providers to balance different workloads, for example. Often, companies try to avoid vendor lock-in. In addition, there is the redundancy component. When a cloud provider goes down, companies operating in a hybrid environment are in a better position to maintain business operations.
For example, companies may want to keep multiple copies of their data in different places to ensure compliance and governance. The 3-2-1 backup rule is an easy-to-remember acronym for a general approach to backing up data in almost any outage scenario. The rule is: keep at least three (3) copies of the data, create two backup copies on different storage media, one (1) of which should be located at an external location.
Companies typically want to do everything they can to protect their data against common and unusual threats that can lead to increased downtime and costs. Protecting data from hard drive failures, surges, fire, or water hazards is fairly well documented. But what about protecting the data from malicious attacks and viruses?
CTOs need modern tools for modern data backup
What businesses need is a standardized way to collect, view and manage all their data from all sources – and across all cloud environments-in one place. This single “source of truth” is, in Rubrik’s opinion, essential for:
- Mobility: Today’s work environment – both remote and hybrid – requires flexible solutions for employees to communicate and collaborate from anywhere in the world. In return, CTOs must of course have an overview of the data of their distributed employees in order to be able to manage and secure them properly.
- Security: With an understanding of all touch points for data access and data generation, companies can help secure their workforce. Understanding who has access to the data, what happens to the data, and what the data contains is key to detecting and recovering from a cyber disaster.
- Compliance: Different data types have different compliance requirements, whether based on type (e.g. health data) or geography. It’s important for businesses to know where all their data is located to make sure they’re not inadvertently breaking regulations.
- Governance: Data governance is about applying best practices to manage data at every stage of the data lifecycle. This allows companies to ensure data protection and at the same time generate added value from their data, instead of letting it stagnate.
- Backup and Restore: Companies need to know where all their data is in order to protect it. According to IDC, the world will generate 175 zettabytes of data by 2025, creating huge backup and recovery challenges for CTOs.
The combination of coordinated solutions is becoming more and more common. Orchestrated data services, such as those delivered through Data Fabric, help organizations optimize their data management. At the same time, you can, for example, take advantage of a multi-cloud strategy-whether on – premises or in the cloud.