Backuping up data is the foundation of all Disaster Recovery (DR) plans. Backups can be both a crucial tool for restoring failed systems and corrupted data and it can also serve as an archival point for your systems. In the past, most businesses performed a disk backup and then took that back up to tape which was then rotated offsite for DR protection. However, with the global explosion of data, many businesses are turning to the cloud for more economical ways to keep pace with the ever-growing amount of data they need to backup and archive. In addition to costs, the cloud has opened up other benefits for backup as well.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the main benefits of moving to cloud backups.
Takes Advantage of Existing Infrastructure
One of the first advantages of cloud backup is that you don’t have to purchase any new infrastructure or supplies in order to use it. You simply need an Internet connection and a subscription with a cloud provider who will store your backups. There’s no need for more servers, disks or tapes. Your backups will be stored in the in the cloud and you can restore them to either your on-premise servers or to other cloud-based servers.
Reduce Storage Costs
With today’s rapidly growing data volumes storage costs have become an important issue. Data volumes are growing very rapidly which means storage requirements for your backups will grow at the same rate. Using the cloud as a backup target can reduce your storage costs by leveraging low-cost cloud storage. This can potentially free up your higher costs and higher performance local storage for use by your business-critical workloads.
Eliminates Tape Backup
For those organizations that are still using tape backup moving to the cloud can improve your backup reliability and reduce your Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). Tape backups are notoriously slow and unreliable. Cloud backups can typically be restored at a much faster rate than manually restoring them from tape backups. In addition, cloud backups are more secure. Tapes are physical entities that can be lost, stolen or damaged.
Offsite Backup Storage
One of the key tenants of an effective DR plan is keeping at least one backup copy offsite. This offsite backup can then be used to restore your servers, applications and data in the event of a site disaster that renders your primary location unusable. In the past this was often accomplished by shipping tapes offsite or some larger enterprises could maintain a separate physical backup site that could take over the businesses critical applications in the event of an emergency. Using offsite tape storage introduces delays in restoring data and separate physical DR sites can be cost prohibitive for most businesses. The cloud provides an affordable and easily accessible offsite backup site that can be quickly accessed in the event of a site disaster.
Global Anytime Access
Storing backups in the cloud provides businesses with global access to their data anytime and from anywhere that has Internet access. Backups can be readily accessed for quick restore operations. In addition, today’s tier one cloud providers offer very high levels of reliability ensuring that you can get to your data when you need it.