WHAT Products or Services Might you Consider when Using Clouds Within your Data Protection Strategy – Part 4 in Series

Each Wednesday in June, I explored an aspect of utilizing cloud services as part of your data protection strategy through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG’s Data Protection Cloud Strategies research report.

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategyJune 7

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategyJune 14  

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategyJune 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

Topics: Data Protection BaaS DRaaS

Why BaaS when you can DRaaS?

The question isn’t as simple as it might seem:

  • There are lots of great reasons to embrace modern Backup as a Service (BaaS) solutions, including governance, extended data preservation, IT oversight of endpoint and ROBO backups, etc.
  • There is also one overwhelmingly great reason to utilize Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) — enhanced availability of servers.

So, the question really is, can you gain a DRaaS outcome from a BaaS solution? And honestly, it isn’t just a cloud-consideration. You could just as easily ask, can you get BC/DR agility from a backup tool?

Topics: Data Protection BaaS DRaaS BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

Cloud-Powered Data Protection — Definitions and Clarifications

We continue to see a great amount of interest in combining “data protection” and “the cloud” – but also a great deal of confusion, in that there isn’t such thing as “the cloud.”

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management SaaS IaaS disaster recovery BaaS cloud-backup cloud storage DRaaS software-as-a-service (SaaS) Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

D2D2C is like 1 box of Legos and 2 manuals [VIDEO]

Last year, I blogged that a modern “Data Protection Strategy” is more than just backup – instead including also snapshots, replication, archiving, etc. (see also bit.ly/jbSpectrum1)

And while some would then call this a hybrid architecture, others prefer to think about “hybrid” as being disk plus tape or cloud. If we dig into where those ideas meet, we’ll find that even with something as simple as “Disk to Disk to Cloud” as a way to first recover locally from disk and then extend that protection to a cloud-repository; every answer just brings up more questions.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington STaaS BaaS cloud-backup cloud storage

BaaS and OFS -- companies need both

At first glance, the services can be easily confused:

Topics: Storage End-User Computing IT Infrastructure Data Protection Information and Risk Management BYOD Jason Buffington OFS Terri McClure BaaS Public Cloud Service

You now have one less way to recover your data – and you probably didn't realize it

BE AWARE that today’s laptop and mobile devices have one less recovery option than they used to.

This particular customer service announcement is targeted mostly at business executives and the IT professionals who support them.

Topics: Storage Backup End-User Computing Data Protection Information and Risk Management mobile BYOD Jason Buffington BaaS

BaaS, DRaaS or Tertiary? New ESG insights on Data Protection-as-a-Service Trends

These days, you can’t have a discussion on modernizing your IT infrastructure without talking about “cloud” … but when it comes to data protection, there isn’t just one kind of data-protection-as-a-service (DPaaS).

In fact, most folks are considering up to three different DPaaS capability sets, including:

  • BaaS – Backup-as-a-service, where files are backed up to the cloud (with/without an intermediary on-premises caching solution)
  • DRaaS – Disaster-recovery-as-a-service, where whole machines (typically VMs) are replicated and restart-able from the cloud. Some DRaaS include rudimentary BaaS as a side-benefit
  • ‘Tertiary STaaS’ – Adding cloud-storage to one’s existing on-premises backup solution. These implementations can vary greatly from a third-usable copy via the cloud service to simply ‘block-storage’ that has to be remounted by the original backup application.
Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington STaaS BaaS cloud-backup DRaaS

How do you back up SaaS? I'd like to know

You can’t have an IT “modernization” discussion without bringing up the cloud. And in the realm of data protection, that comes in a few obvious flavors:

Backup as a Service (BaaS) – where your data is backed up either directly to a cloud provider or first to a local appliance and then to that provider. The latter gives you faster restore and other performance-related benefits, but the end result is the same.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) – where entire parts of your infrastructure, usually whole VMs, are replicated to a cloud provider, with the ability for you to bring those VMs online and resume business services from the provider’s infrastructure after a crisis. Some DRaaS solutions even provide BaaS as a side benefit.

Cloud-Storage for your On-Premises Backup – where your existing backup solution is working fine, but you’d like another copy of your data outside of the building – and cloud economics are interesting. Great, add cloud-based storage as a target to your on-premises backup server …or back up (BaaS) your backup server to the cloud. Either way is okay.

But instead of talking about data protection AS a service … what about data protection OF a service?

Many of us put our data into SaaS (software as a service) solutions today – e.g. SalesForce. We assume that SalesForce (or any other SaaS solution) has multiple points of presence on the Internet, and that they have resiliency between sites. The assumption is that if a site were to have a crisis, the other site(s) would still be available. For some large SaaS solutions, that may be enough – though it can still be hard to document (or test) when doing a BC/DR audit.

But what about if the SaaS provider goes dark?

Maybe out of business? Perhaps a victim of Denial of Service attacks or broad data corruption (that is then replicated between sites). What is your plan?

Do you back up the data from your SaaS provider?

In what format(s) is the backup in?

Is the data readable or importable into a platform that you own?

How would you bring the functionality back online for your local users? for your remote users?

Most importantly, have you tested that recovery?

This is not a blog post where I offer you answers, but one that I wanted to pose some questions for discussion.

Topics: Cloud Computing Backup Data Protection Information and Risk Management SaaS Jason Buffington business continuity disaster recovery BaaS DRaaS Public Cloud Service

Data Protection in a BYOD World (video)

One of the most complicated areas of data protection in IT today has to be around securing the data on endpoint devices (laptops and tablets). Frankly, most IT organizations weren’t able to do an effective job of protecting that data when the devices were corporate-owned, but with the myriad devices that are now in use, it is even harder.

But the reality is that, regardless of who purchased the device, it has corporate data on it !!

Topics: Cloud Computing Backup Data Protection Information and Risk Management BYOD Jason Buffington BaaS file sharing Public Cloud Service