Failure of Traditional Remote Office Data Protection
Date: November 6, 2014
Guest Post: Chandar Venkataraman, Chief Product Officer, Druva.
Remote offices and branch offices are particularly vulnerable to data loss, and it’s hard for corporate IT to support them. Enter… cloud-based data protection.
Server backup from remote offices and back offices (ROBO) is time consuming, cumbersome, and expensive. With the increase in the amount of data being backed up and retained for litigation and for regulation reasons, large organizations see a lot of corporate data at risk. Scalability and data growth challenges result in very high costs for backup and archival storage, in some cases 6 to 10 times higher than just a few years ago.
Protecting that amount of remote data requires a seismic shift in protection technologies. However, few backup offerings are up to snuff. Most depend on replicating to disaster recovery sites, installing twin backup appliances at both the ROBO and the data center, or using backup software to backup over the wide area network (WAN). These are problems, given huge data growth; slow, un-optimized WANs affect backup and recovery speeds, and it’s hard to assign effective responsibility for multiple sites.
This is a problem that traditional backup and storage vendors created. They are working with old code and big installed bases; given their existing investments, it’s not a problem they are likely to fix.
There’s another item influencing the manner in which organizations ensure data integrity in the users they serve outside company headquarters: The remote office is changing in ways that make it possible to introduce new backup technologies.
First, Internet bandwidth is getting better. Previously, most branches had T1 (1.5Mbps) access; now it’s quite common to see 100Mbps Internet access. That improved connectivity makes it possible to back up to the cloud – as well as to use the cloud for other data-intensive uses, including those relying on large data sets.
In addition, companies are far more comfortable today using the cloud for applications and data. Five years ago people were concerned about the cloud – especially around the scalability and security of data stored in the public cloud.
To top it all, continued IT budget tightening hits remote offices especially hard – and it is common to see branches lack onsite dedicated IT personnel. Server admins therefore have to manage remote offices from a central location, which means they need efficient ways and low-touch means of backing up servers.
These changes make it possible to provide a new way to back up servers – straight to the cloud with Druva…
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