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)

Why Google Cloud Storage Nearline is Super Interesting for Data Protection

You can’t have a conversation about IT transformation or data protection modernization that doesn’t include “the cloud” somewhere in it. And today, there are a wide range of cloud services that offer data protection capabilities:

Topics: Data Protection cloud-backup

SaaS Backup ... Hunger Games style

There is a great scene in the first Hunger Games movie where the 24 combatants are just about to start fighting. In front of them is a small stash of weapons. Some of the combatants charge toward the weapons, knowing that if they get one, they will gain a huge advantage—but if they don’t, they will be prime targets for being immediately “defeated.” Other combatants choose to ignore the premade weapons and run for the forest, presuming that they will be able to forage and somehow make a weapon themselves.

That is what the SaaS backup market looks like.

As workloads like e-mail and file services continue to be migrated from on-premises servers to SaaS solutions like Office365 and GoogleApps, most legacy backup solutions can’t follow. And so, all of the legacy backup vendors are like those combatants—and many have been looking at the only two “weapons” for protecting SaaS:

One sword and one bow … named Backupify and Spanning.

Topics: cloud-backup software-as-a-service (SaaS)

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

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, 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