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 strategy … June 7
Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategy … June 14
Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28
To wrap up the series, here are a few products or services that the ESG Lab has conducted validations of. If you are not familiar with the ESG Lab, I like to think of them as third-party assessments, similar to (but not exactly) “Consumer Reports for IT." Here are a few of the cloud-powered data protection solutions that ESG Lab looked at in the past few months:
Storage-as-a-service (STaaS/dp) – adding cloud storage as a repository for otherwise on-premises data protection solutions. There are many backup/archive software and hardware vendors that now claim to utilize cloud services, with very varying amounts of finesse (which can dramatically impact cloud storage and networking budgets).
ESG Lab: Cloud Converged Data Protection for SMBs with Acronis Backup 12 -- October 2016
ESG Lab: Rubrik Cloud Data Management -- December 2016
ESG Lab: Quantum Artico Active Archive Appliance -- June 2016
Disaster Recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) – leveraging cloud hosting (IaaS), cloud storage, orchestration/automation, and cloud network extensions to enable servers that fail at one site to resume serving users from a cloud service. To be clear, there is a huge difference in storing protected data in a cloud (STaaS/dp or BaaS) and being able to “power it up.” There is even more of a difference between powering up a single VM versus powering up and reconnecting to a multi-VM application or complete site recovery.
ESG Lab: Cloud-converged IT Resilience from Axcient Fusion -- November 2016
I hope that this series was helpful for you – and that you are having a great summer.
As always, thanks for reading.