Cloud backup and recovery has modernized data protection for enterprises of all sizes, including their remote and branch offices (ROBOs). While these offices bring value to the company, they also bring challenges for IT and backup admins. Remote offices typically lack experienced IT onsite and may have no dedicated backup and recovery staff. This can result in potential problems with data integrity and added risks for data loss.
To account for these issues, cloud backup and recovery is an obvious solution for mid-to-large enterprises and their smaller offices with limited budgets. However, many organizations looking to make the leap to cloud-based infrastructure may not have a backup plan in place or know where to start. For those looking to implement an air-tight ROBO data protection strategy, it’s important to consider the challenges unique to these kinds of offices:
- ROBOs struggle with effective backup and recovery.
- Smaller locations often lack dedicated IT resources to achieve and manage comprehensive data protection protocols.
- Enterprises typically lack the scalability and security needed to protect endpoints, data centers, and cloud workloads company-wide.
In this blog, we’ll highlight the benefits of cloud-based backup and recovery for remote and branch offices, use cases, and best practices for implementing a third-party cloud backup solution.
The benefits of ROBO cloud backup and recovery
Cloud backup and recovery reduces cost, minimizes downtime, and enables IT to manage data remotely for ROBO sites. Many backup vendors offer real-time snapshots of virtual machines (VMs), applications, and changed data, quick recovery capabilities for business-critical SaaS applications such as Microsoft 365, and reliable data management features including analytics, eDiscovery, and regulatory compliance. Most importantly, these benefits come while eliminating on-premises hardware and software infrastructure, greatly simplifying backup administration.
In addition, enterprises implementing a cloud backup strategy can expect to receive the following:
- Reduced TCO
- Protection against ransomware
- Centralized, easy to manage storage
Cloud vs. cloud-native SaaS
It can be overwhelming to navigate the crowded marketplace of backup solutions for remote and branch offices — with each solution claiming to be the ideal one to meet your needs. However, it’s important to pay special attention to those offering “cloud” vs. “cloud-native” backup and recovery. This refers to how the product was originally architected.
Cloud is generally an adaptation of a traditional, on-premises solution that has added cloud storage as an option. It’s typically a fully customer-managed product that includes software and hardware. Conversely, cloud-native solutions were designed from the start in the cloud as services requiring minimal IT overhead. They fully leverage the cloud service provider’s resources without requiring onsite hardware or maintenance. As such, you should always evaluate a potential vendor’s technology to ensure your organization is receiving the most optimal and modern approach to cloud backup.
ROBO use cases
As detailed so far, the low cost and ease-of-use brought about by cloud backup and recovery works well with a wide range of data protection scenarios in remote offices, including the following:
- Self-service backup and restore — Ideal for smaller locations and essential for ensuring business operations continue in a timely fashion after data loss.
- Archiving and long-term retention — Scalability and end-user management make cloud an ideal choice for archiving data. Look for a vendor that uses policy-based auto-tiering to move data to cold storage to automatically reduce costs.
- Central management — Manage backup and recovery from a centralized management console, with no intervention from ROBO personnel necessary.
- Governance — Comply with government regulations and keep data secure and accessible for years.
Implementing cloud backup and recovery
When the time comes to make the jump to cloud data protection and management for your ROBO deployments, keep in mind the following key considerations:
- Planning — Always have a project plan in place to outline who’s responsible for the various aspects of a successful implementation, what happens when something goes wrong, how and where users can get backup-and-recovery support, etc.
- Architecture — There is only one true option for ROBO—direct to cloud. Receive a lower cost-of-ownership and simple architecture; look for vendors offering central management for backup.
- Trials — IT and admins should test each product’s backup and restore procedures thoroughly and often during the implementation and operational stages.
- Encryption — Security is as important as effective backup; ensure your chosen solution offers adequate encryption.
- Support — Remote troubleshooting and online knowledge bases are critical for ROBO, and you should ensure that they’re included in your vendor’s support processes.
Cloud backup and recovery is critical to your company’s ongoing operations. If your company is not taking advantage of cloud backup and recovery for its ROBOs, they’re at risk for data loss or a cyber threat like malware. Even if your company has a cloud data protection strategy in place, we still recommend you explore the cost-saving potential of implementing or enhancing a cloud backup solution for your remote and branch offices.
Download our ROBO whitepaper for a closer look at how Druva delivers a leading solution to meet the complex data protection and backup needs in these deployments, and watch the video demo below to see Druva in action.