Modern-day Backup and Recovery Solutions for Businesses
The following excerpt is from a white paper originally published by our Rubrik partner. Click the link at the bottom of this post to read the entire white paper.
Backup and recovery need a radical rethink. When today’s incumbent solutions were designed more than a decade ago, IT environments were exploding, heterogeneity was increasing, and backup and recovery systems were viewed as the protection scheme of last resort. They were intended only to provide a low-cost insurance policy for data, so companies patched together backup and recovery solutions under a common vendor management framework and tried to minimize costs by spreading data across different infrastructure and media.
What has changed? For one, IT departments have moved toward private cloud models with virtualization and are looking for converged architectures to replace multitiered architectures. Second, because the amount of data under management has exploded, IT is challenged to do more with less. IT teams are now composed of fewer specialized roles, and more broad roles. Finally, public and hybrid clouds have opened up new data use cases such as analytics and test/dev, which create challenges for managing and securing that data.
Indeed, about the only thing that hasn’t changed is the need for backups to be reliable and restores to be fast and dependable. But how do you accomplish this when so much about your infrastructure has changed? At the same time, how do you innovate quickly to align with critical business objectives and drive growth?
Any IT professional reviewing existing backup and recovery system investment—or considering a new investment to meet new IT and business needs—should reconsider whether the old assumptions are still relevant or whether a new approach is warranted. In this guide, we discuss the evolving demands of backup and recovery and the emergence of Cloud Data Management, which provides opportunities for protecting data, capturing new value, and making data available whenever, wherever it is needed.