Why add cloud services to your data protection strategy?Before refreshing your data protection strategy, you need to understand what and where the data is that needs to be protected.

Once that has been clarified, you then need to identify what will be managed internally and what will be managed by a third party.

Based on these decisions, a plan can be devised to determine which data protection models to use. Working with a trusted advisor with experience in this area, will make it quicker and easier for you and your team.

Whichever data protection model you chose to adopt, the cloud plays a hugely important part nowadays.

Convert to cloud

The most common reasons for converting to cloud-run applications rather than on-premise, are cost, simplicity and flexibility. And the same can be said for adding cloud services to your data protection strategy.

In terms of data protection, here’s why cloud is the way to go:

  1. Cloud backups can be stored in alternative data centres ensuring data survivability
  2. The cloud can be used as a second (and/or third) backup location.
  3. Shift expenses from CapEx to OpEx.
  4. DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) goes one step further than BaaS (Backup as a Service) and offers the added advantage of allowing workloads to failover to the cloud, keeping the business running.
  5. Using tape backups means that your backup data can get damaged in a natural disaster such as flooding. Tapes can also suffer from cartridge and media failure during backup and recovery, particularly if they are not kept in dust-free environments.
  6. Moving to the cloud from a tape-based backup solution is likely to reduce the cost involved. It also removes the risks and complexities of physical media handling and supports application recovery.
  7. It is proven that security is enhanced when using the cloud (encryption is a given and physical access can be restricted).
  8. Cloud services such as BaaS and DRaaS offer companies a full audit trail to help with GDPR compliance as well as SAS 70, Central Bank and regulatory bodies.

By John Casey of Trilogy Technologies