Whether you keep your enterprise data in the cloud, on premise or in a hybrid environment, chances are, you’re making more copies than you’d like to, and it’s costing your company – big time.
The main catalyst for this situation is data protection. You have a set of requirements that are pretty similar whether you’re on prem or in the cloud. Either way, you need to store your data and then protect it. Why does a two-step process turn into five, six, seven or more copies of all your data? Let’s take a look:
Making copies – and copies, and copies, and copies
Every time you duplicate your data, it comes with a price tag.
Data copy No. 1: This is your primary storage component, so you’re paying here for your primary storage area network (SAN), colocation fees or the BTUs in your own physical footprint, encryption software, licenses for optional features and some miscellaneous soft costs, like administrator time.
Data copy No. 2: You laid out the budget for your initial data. Now it’s time for the backup components. You’ll pay per gigabyte software licenses and for on-premise hardware, like tape or a disk-to-disk system. If your data is in the cloud, you’re looking at object bucket, networking connection and egress fees to retrieve your data.
Data copies No. 3 and 4: You’re careful, so now you make a couple more copies for disaster recovery (DR). The itemized bill at this stage includes a DR SAN, replication software, and wide area network (WAN) costs, such as circuits, acceleration software and second copies of your backup hardware and software.
Phew. Are we done?
Data copies No. 5, 6 and beyond: To protect your company and ensure maximum uptime, you want a solid insurance policy. Your primary SAN has RAID and hot spares, so that a single disk failure does not cause immediate downtime. Historical copies of all data are also kept in all locations, protecting your users against accidental change, malware, ransomware and viruses. You keep those copies distributed geographically where they are also protected with RAID and hot spares, and before you know it, you’re managing a lot of infrastructure and software. On top of all of the data copies, there is compute in different locations, networking to connect each site together or to the cloud, a bunch of software to move data around, and at least one other physical or cloud-based location. You’re starting to feel the strain that comes with sprawl.
Whether you own your infrastructure or you (essentially) rent it from a cloud provider, copying data is expensive. On-demand primary storage with offsite backup and DR as a service allows enterprises to pay for data once and gain access to all their data, anywhere it’s needed on premise or in the cloud.
Learn how it works in our recent webinar, “Multi-cloud is the new normal, and hybrid cloud is inevitable.”