Most enterprise organizations are using the cloud as a place to store backups.
Don’t take my word for it. A survey conducted in July 2018 by Spiceworks found that the largest percentage of cloud spending in an enterprise IT budget was backup services, accounting for 15 percent of the average cloud budget. Backup is still the most popular use case for cloud.
No doubt, there are compelling reasons for leveraging the cloud in this way. It’s simpler and can be much less expensive than setting up an on-premises or remote hardware-based backup infrastructure. Why go through the hassle of planning hardware purchases if a cloud provider has already done that for you? And why make the CapEx investment in storage for backup when you can charge backup as an OpEx cost? Unless there is a compelling regulatory or security objection (most of which can be overcome) there is no reason to build when you can outsource.
Cloud also makes it easy to get backup copies offsite, and if you’re using one of the big public clouds, your data will be copied to multiple locations. It is also very easy to add multiple geos for your backed up data and even multiple cloud providers.
But the cloud alone isn’t enough to meet the data protection demands of today’s enterprises in a world where data needs to be accessible and available 24-7.
Cloud + Edge Provides Backup Independence
Storing the backup data in the cloud is straightforward. However, retrieving that backed up data from a large public cloud, with data centers hundreds, even thousands of miles away, is a different story. The inevitable latency those distances will introduce can result in an unacceptably long recovery time objective (RTO). That goes double when you’re talking about disaster recovery. Certainly, you can run apps from the cloud until IT can recover, but, again, you’re going to face significant latency, which will affect performance and end-user productivity. To add insult to injury, you’ll have to pay egress charges to download those backups.
And unless you take special precautions, your backup data may not be as safe in the cloud as you’d like. Certainly, the big public clouds have resources customers can use to ensure their data is secure and protected, but it requires extra work on the part of the customer to enable these capabilities, and many organizations don’t realize their cloud buckets are misconfigured and, therefore, vulnerable.
Using the cloud to back up your data combined with other technologies is the right choice. Here at ClearSky Data, we combine the edge, the cloud and our Smart Tiered Caching® technology to provide self-protecting storage-as-a-service, which means backup and disaster recovery are built into our storage service so it takes place automatically, behind the scenes. IT never needs to worry about it.
We can also get your RTO down to near zero. Our metro POPs store the hot and warm data you need close by to keep your business running with minimal downtime. Need to restore? You’ll have access to your data in less than 60 seconds.
Finally, with ClearSky your backup data is also secure. We encrypt all data, with only the customer controlling the keys, and we use private line connections instead of the public Internet for increased performance and security. Plus, backup data isn’t just stored in the cloud, but also at the edge and on-prem.
Ultimately, ClearSky leverages the cloud and the edge to provide enterprises with much more than just a place to store backups. ClearSky provides true backup independence, so IT never has to babysit, think about or lose sleep over backup ever again.
Want to learn more about how ClearSky Data combines the cloud, the edge and intelligent caching to provide the best backup you’ll never have to think about? Read our data sheet on backup and DR, or sign up to see for yourself with a demo!