Cloud-based solutions have become the gold standard for today’s backup, archiving and disaster recovery (DR). But what exactly makes cloud-based data backup so special? IT teams tasked with selecting and implementing new cloud solutions may be reluctant to ask this question, but the answers may be just what their CIO or CFO is looking for.
What’s So Great about Cloud Backup?
To boil it down, the unique capabilities of the cloud save companies a lot of money and enable data backup and governance activities that were never before possible. In addition to its use for backup, the enterprise can use cloud storage to address other key business areas such as DR, testing and development, and data analytics.
The public cloud in particular has become the application platform of choice for many organizations. By using the public cloud rather than hosted or dedicated cloud storage solutions, enterprises eliminate the costs of cloud-specific gateway hardware. The public cloud also offers global availability and can ingest and manage large volumes of data to scale as needed.
Cloud & Global Dedupe Were Made for Each Other
The functionality listed above is certainly appealing but keep in mind that the cloud doesn’t exist in a vacuum, but works in tandem with other technologies and solutions. Some technologies leverage the unique capabilities of the cloud better than others, with leading-edge deduplication technology a perfect example of this. Together, global dedupe and the cloud form a data backup powerhouse that massively reduces the enterprise storage footprint and achieves enormous cost savings.
The Ins and Outs of Cloud Backup
You probably have an intuitive understanding that cloud backup is the way to go; very few people these days are clamoring to retain their expensive and outdated legacy systems. Now let’s take a closer look at what cloud data backup can do for your organization.
Public cloud architectures offer vast storage capacity. Building on this, native cloud storage solutions enable centralized data management and eliminate the need for pricey, on-premise facilities, infrastructure and staff.
Why have separate backup/recovery, DR, archival, and analytics systems if you don’t have to? Consolidating infrastructure in the cloud makes it possible to centralize data management and eliminate separate legacy systems and workflows. That means greater efficiency, fewer manual errors and reduced overhead.
As mentioned, global scale-out deduplication significantly lowers the enterprise data footprint and storage costs. Global deduplication efficiencies also offer massive bandwidth savings and gigabit-effective backup speeds.
Consolidated cloud backup and DR enables organizations to reduce hefty capital expenditures (CAPEX) and shift to less expensive operating expenses (OPEX). Usage-based payment models, reductions in software licensing costs, and the decreased need for a dedicated DR infrastructure shrink TCO even further.
Legacy solutions, lacking storage efficiencies, typically come with complex pricing models. In contrast, cloud storage can scale up or down to meet demand, enabling vendors to offer ”pay-as-you-go” pricing that’s aligned with actual – not projected – usage.
Automatic tiering of data in the cloud substantially reduces overall costs by making warm data available for instant restores and automatically moving infrequently accessed data to less costly cold storage. Tiered backup architecture also enables the enterprise to more easily satisfy RTO and RPO requirements.
Moving secondary storage workloads to the cloud provides companies with a global approach to data backup, availability and governance via a common, geographically shared platform. By adopting a single point of management across global infrastructure, companies can also better predict costs, more efficiently manage data, and achieve consistency in service levels, compliance and other processes.
These 7 points will show you—and your CIO and CFO—how to dramatically reduce the overall storage footprint of your organization and slash costs while gaining the efficiencies of the cloud. If your organization is growing, processes large volumes of data, or is required to comply with regional data privacy laws, click here for more information on cloud backup. Learn more about Druva’s consumption-based pricing and how it can lead to unprecedented cost savings for your organization.
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