As a growing share of organizations trust and embrace the cloud, why do we need to incur capital expenditure (capex) and operating expenditure (opex) costs on infrastructure specifically to manage data backup? Requirements for security, availability, resiliency, and management do not justify this old model of IT investment. All of these requirements can now be met far more elegantly — and with greater scalability — by public cloud providers and their technology partners. Rigid purpose-built hardware appliances are offered as solutions that promise to save opex costs and manageability. However, the cost models for evaluating the total cost of ownership (TCO) fail to highlight the fact that these are nothing more than overprovisioned boxes in your data center with unused capacity and recurring servicing and upgrade costs.
“As more applications move to public cloud environments, confidence in their use will increase. The ecosystems required to support mission-critical enterprise use cases will expand, reinforcing the viability of public cloud services as a destination for mission-critical workloads.” – Gartner – Cloud Computing to Drive Digital Business
The other option that most of the on-premises backup vendors provide is a cloud solution as a bolt-on extension to their existing software and appliance solutions. Shockingly, these products only use the customer’s self-managed cloud account and make yet another copy of the data which the customer is billed for every month by their cloud provider. This typically gets overlooked in TCO analyses.
What other options are there?
Cloud Gateway (Hybrid Cloud) – Often used by legacy backup vendors, a cloud gateway is a hardware- or software-based appliance that links your on-site systems with cloud storage solutions.
Most importantly, the predictable subscription cost structure removes all the volatile and complex expenses of the other models. Instead, it uses a simple model in which you only pay for what you need. Other deployment models include maintenance fees, complex licensing costs, and variable resource-consumption expenses that vendors fail to include when they calculate the total cost of ownership (TCO).
The Druva Cloud Platform
Druva’s Data Management-as-a-Service approach ensures data availability and information governance across servers, endpoints, and cloud applications. Policies are created and centrally managed by IT with granular settings, such as which file types and locations to back up, how disaster recovery will occur, and the how to tier data for archiving in the cloud — all without the heavy burden of infrastructure. Druva delivers a 100% SaaS solution that brings together backup, archival, and disaster recovery features to harness the ease of use and scalability of the public cloud.
By leveraging Druva’s next-generation cloud platform solutions for data protection, organizations can skip the hardware requirements, disk management, and cluster setup of legacy solutions. With Druva, organizations can manage all global data through a single pane of glass and take advantage of advanced data intelligence features to control risks and meet today’s compliance requirements.
To learn more about the advantages of the cloud over legacy hardware solutions access this executive brief: Choosing the Right Model for Enterprise Backup & Recovery