7 Tips to Improve Data Backup and Ensure Business Continuity

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Tip 5: Get flexible.

In today's era of digital and cloud transformation, environments change regularly, therefore IT professionals need to maximize their flexibility in all areas. Backup and continuity should be no exception.

Traditional enterprise backup solutions have been obstacles to change, failing to support new platforms or approaches to service delivery. Many were originally architected to solve only a single problem, such as backing up virtual machines.

Make sure your solution will adapt as you evolve by not locking yourself into one architecture or approach. Consider the following scenario: You want to quickly leverage the economics of cloud-enabled backup now, but your major initiative to leverage Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure won't start for 12 to 18 months. Choose a partner that offers a purpose-built backup cloud today, and will support backup to your hyperscale cloud provider(s) of choice later. By doing so, you can also preserve the option of building hybrid clouds that leverage your own resources and those of multiple cloud providers, based on the value they offer in each application or environment.

Improving backup and continuity is frequently listed as a top five priority for IT organizations, but for many organizations, backup and recovery processes need to improve a lot, not just incrementally.

Today, enterprises often run backup tools, and rely on business continuity processes, designed for older platforms developed before elastic clouds, near-ubiquitous virtualized workloads, or SaaS applications began to dominate the IT landscape. Numerous businesses also still use solutions that rely on tape for retaining data. These systems are inefficient, costly, and difficult to manage. They can't scale to serve exponential data growth. They don't respond well to new threats like ransomware. They make it more difficult to execute on digital transformation or other strategic initiatives. Worst of all, you cannot confidently rely on them to work 100 percent of time for minor incidents, never mind during a disaster.

Fortunately, you no longer have to live with these problems. Backup technologies and data recovery (DR) solutions have improved dramatically in recent years. With today's modern solutions, enterprises should be able to transform backup and recovery from a low-level legacy IT function to a modern function delivering continuity and value to the entire business. In this slideshow, Unitrends has identified seven practical steps that can be taken today that will dramatically change how continuity is delivered, while helping to establish disaster recovery systems that support any technology or business strategy.


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