Prediction No. 2: The hybrid cloud will rise in importance as customers get more demanding around RPOs, RTOs and SLAs.
While many companies are adopting pure cloud storage and cloud backup to reduce costs and scale quickly, they often fail to consider how this model will impact recovery performance. One of the biggest underlying problems associated with pure cloud storage and cloud backup (pure denoting the sole use of the cloud without any on-premise mechanisms) is its performance and latency. With pure cloud storage and cloud backup, it could take weeks or months for a company to access their data if a disaster strikes.
A hybrid cloud model – where cloud storage and cloud backup are paired with an on-premise backup appliance – is the best way to expedite data recovery and meet demanding RPOs, RTOs and SLAs while ensuring data recovery from an offsite presence. Local backups of critical customer data, servers and systems are performed much faster than backups to the cloud, as are restore times. By pairing an on-premise backup appliance with a cloud-based disaster recovery solution, customers will always have the opportunity to see and manage a copy of their critical assets in a remote location. This hybrid model ensures company data in the cloud and information on the onsite physical appliance are constantly replicated and synched so companies can rapidly recover onsite or from the cloud whenever the need arises.
The data protection industry saw its fair share of trends in 2013, from disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to the increased adoption of cloud backup. As virtual and cloud offerings become more mainstream, companies are becoming more aggressive in how they purchase and leverage them. As such, “the customer” will very much influence the data protection trends we see emerge in the year ahead. Here are five data protection trends for 2014, as identified by backup and recovery provider Unitrends.