24 September, 2013
Being the “Cloud Guy” at Quantum, I get to talk to a wide variety of people about what’s happening in the cloud, from the wildly optimistic visionaries to the skeptics in the wondering, “Is my data really safe?” This week the visionaries got a hard reality check when Nirvanix abruptly announced plans to shut down their cloud service, giving customers and partners just two weeks to find another place for their petabytes of data.
The cloud still offers enormous benefits, but I think the Nirvanix example is a great reminder that not all clouds are created equal and there are key considerations companies need to thoroughly evaluate.
Keep Data On-Site
Data protection best practices, and our recommendation, is to keep a full copy of your data offsite, while at the same time retaining a full copy on premise. The Nirvanix shutdown underscores the importance of retaining a full copy of data on premise. Having an on premise copy provides fast restores that, when combined with an offsite copy, gives full protection for any situation.
Even though the cloud offers many benefits, customers need to continue to keep diversity in their data protection portfolio, and use the right technology,…
25 March, 2013
In my first two blogs about data protection in the cloud, I discussed Efficiency and Security, two key considerations when backing up your data to the cloud. In the final part of this three-part series, I’ll be discussing Simplicity. What do I mean, exactly, by simplicity?
By definition, simplicity means the state, quality, or an instance of being easy to understand, deal with or use. Cloud storage, and more specifically, backing up to the cloud shouldn’t add overhead in terms of administration or resources. Consider the following:
- If you have to replace your existing backup software to use cloud storage, how easily and quickly will you be able to integrate this new solution into your backup/recovery plans?
- If and when you do need to recover data from the cloud, how rapidly can you do so?
- Do you have a local copy AND a copy in the cloud?
- And finally, are you being asked to buy and manage a costly cloud gateway appliance?
Quantum Q-Cloud gives you an option in the cloud that does away with all of the complexity. Beyond efficiency and security, as discussed in my previous blogs, we…
6 March, 2013
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to widespread adoption of cloud backup as a service (BaaS) is the concern about security. You don’t want to stake your job on a plan to back up corporate data to the cloud without ironclad assurance that it will be secure and available when needed. In my first blog of this 3 part series, we discussed Efficiency. Today we’ll be talking about the second of three key considerations for a successful transition to cloud based backup: Security.
Security is always important, particularly when your precious data is sitting in a facility that you don’t own or control. We seem to hear stories of data breaches or attacks in the news every day, but IT staff can feel optimistic about the security of their data in the cloud. But first, you need to know what to look for when selecting a BaaS provider.
Here are some questions to help make sure your backup data is safe in the cloud.
What type of security is available at the site where your data resides?
- Do they have controlled access?
- Can the provider guarantee the data will ALWAYS reside in that facility and/or remain in…
25 February, 2013
There are three key considerations for a successful transition to cloud-based backup. In this post (part one of three), I’ll address the first consideration: efficiency.
If you’re thinking about cloud solutions, you’re not alone. ESG Research shows 21% of respondents to a recent survey are already using cloud-based data protection services, and an additional 50% have plans for or interest in third-party cloud backup services.
Whether you’re looking to reduce or eliminate tape, or take advantage of the promise of a true business continuity capability, cloud-based solutions can make this possible. Additional benefits of cloud-based solutions also include paying only for what is immediately required, scale up as needed, and converting CAPEX to OPEX.
But you’re also going to have to do your homework. Typically, the first question is “How much is this going to cost?” Monthly costs are largely driven by capacity. The more you store, the more you will pay. Don’t forget, many providers ALSO charge for bandwidth when recovering data back from the cloud (downloads). Again, use more bandwidth, expect to spend more; in some instances, this can double your monthly charges.
Let’s say you need to back up 20TB of total data (includes a 10%…
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