It’s World Backup Day: Are You Using Cloud Backup Yet?

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In honor of World Backup Day on March 31, consumers and businesses across the globe are encouraged to back up their data. Cloud backup offers a solution for businesses ready to take the plunge. Your business runs on data, yet many enterprises are still struggling with legacy backup systems. While tape backup, for example, may be a low-cost method, it doesn’t offer the agility and flexibility of cloud backup. Consider your collection of VHS movies collecting dust — when was the last time you popped one into a VCR?

If your data became corrupted because of a data breach, ransomware, a hard-drive crash or a disaster, are you 100 percent confident in your ability to restore a golden copy of your data to meet your required recovery time and point objectives to get your business up and running again as fast as possible? In today’s complex hybrid cloud environments, many clients are wondering how they can take advantage of cloud backup without losing their legacy data.

There’s no better time than World Backup Day to rethink your backup strategy. How much data does your business create on a daily basis? And it’s not just how you save your data, you must also know what to save and for how long.

It’s 9:00 P.M. — Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

Did you know the biggest threat to your data is your own employees, contractors and other professionals you’ve authorized to perform work on behalf of your organization? Insider threats come in all shapes and sizes. As businesses continue their digital transformation, this human element presents opportunities for data corruption, whether accidental or malicious. And shorter employee tenures mean more employees are departing and using data from their previous job to obtain their next position.

What about your orphaned data? You know, the data that’s sitting in temporary spaces with no owner to prioritize it by record type or security level and as a result gets kept forever, incurring high levels of risk and cost.

Solving the Data Dilemma With Cloud Backup

Technology refreshes are constant, and with new end-point devices added daily, data backup presents a growing challenge for most enterprises. Many organizations require IT to deliver different service-level agreements (SLAs) for each department. This complex matrix of technology options and business demands has historically prevented the successful delivery of one comprehensive backup solution — until now.

Automatic, continuous backups using backup-as-a-service (BaaS) technologies with customizable SLAs enable you to quickly execute data restores down to the minute and equip you with self-restore capabilities to further reduce user downtime. You can ensure that your users are up and running with no data loss in minutes, instead of days or weeks. Moreover, data deduplication, compression and encryption capacities — once reserved for proprietary hardware designs — are now available in powerful, software-driven services.

Data backup and recovery are essential to ensure your data is protected and always available, but explosive data growth can result in skyrocketing costs. With cloud-enabled BaaS, there’s no hardware to purchase, storage to provision or capital expenditure to disburse. You can easily add capacity when needed and only pay for storage that you actually use.

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About The Author

Daniel Witteveen

Vice President, IBM Resiliency Services

Daniel Witteveen is Vice President, IBM Resiliency Services. He leads the Global Strategy and Portfolio team and is passionate about addressing clients' business resiliency needs across the physical and virtual layers of the enterprise, including data, applications, IT infrastructure, facilities, organization skills and business processes, aligned to the organization's strategy and vision. IBM Resiliency Services... Read More