In today’s digital world, business leaders are aware of some harsh realities: computers crash, bad actors breach cyber defences, and people make mistakes.

Since data is often a critical “currency” that provides a competitive advantage in today’s digital economy, data losses can be disastrous. And they can happen to businesses of every type and size, at any time, and often without warning. For all these reasons, data backup and recovery are essential. Moreover, since legacy backup solutions are no longer sufficient to satisfy today’s data backup requirements, today’s organisations need modern backup solutions.

What is data backup and recovery? And how is it different from disaster recovery?

Data backup is the process of copying or archiving all data to ensure that it remains available in the event of a loss, say, due to corruption, deletion or a breach. Backup involves setting up secure systems to both save and recover data. Data backup and recovery is usually part of an organisation’s overall disaster recovery plan. There is often confusion around these terms and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service.

 

Does your organisation need a modern backup solution?

DRaaS is a type of cloud computing and backup service that enables companies to carry on daily operations even during a disaster. Cloud service firms offer it as part of a disaster recovery plan or a business continuity plan. In general, the DRaaS operation remains in effect until IT personnel finish any necessary repairs to on-premise systems, and issue a failback order. With Backup as a Service, the organisation, not the cloud service provider, decides which data, files, and applications to back up to its storage systems. In this case, the provider is only responsible for maintaining data consistency and restoring backed-up data copies.

We already know that data backup is no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have”. For one, the worlds of business and technology are more closely intertwined than ever before. This close interconnectivity empowers organisations to satisfy customers’ demands, meet business goals, and stay ahead of the competition. But to make sure this happens, they need agile, scalable and cost-effective data backup systems that can seamlessly support multiple data types, platforms and IT infrastructures. Current backup systems cannot easily cope with these requirements. For reliable backups that minimise the risk of data loss, provide protection against cyber threats, and ensure business continuity, a modern backup solution is critical.

For example, a cutting-edge cloud backup solution like Veeam Cloud Connect provides a fully-integrated, fast and encrypted way to back up and replicate all your data and jobs to a service provider’s cloud repository. You can continuously back up and archive massive amounts of your organisation’s data to the cloud, eliminating the need to archive any data on your on-premise or external storage systems.

What does a modern backup solution look like? Here are four key benefits that these solutions offer:

 

  • Simplified management

Today’s IT administrators already face challenges as they try to protect their organisations’ data infrastructures from myriad threats. Therefore, the backup solution they select should not add to an existing business or technical complexity but should be easy to use and manage. It should seamlessly integrate with and support a diverse portfolio of data sources and storage systems, virtualisation technologies, databases, and cloud services. Furthermore, it must provide comprehensive analytics and intuitive reporting capabilities to aid in visibility and simplify problem-solving.

All in all, the solution should enable IT admins to easily understand the health, performance, and capacity characteristics of their infrastructure, without additional operational burden or costs.

 

  • Workload protection

Many organisations hesitate to move to a new solution even though their workloads have changed over the years. Greater quantities of data are stored offsite in the cloud, and they are adopting SaaS solutions like Microsoft 365 to improve availability and reduce costs. In this scenario, the need to protect these workloads with a reliable cloud backup solution is greater than ever. Moreover, such a data backup solution should support on-premises physical and virtualised infrastructure, public cloud infrastructure, and SaaS. It should also provide snapshots, and support modern workloads including NAS, distributed file systems, unstructured data, and cloud-based platforms. Finally, a robust and reliable solution will provide a resilient architecture, lower long-term storage costs, enable compliance, and support granular recovery to improve recovery time objective (RTO).

 

  • Cloud storage

Cloud storage and backup services are now a popular choice for both SMBs and large enterprises. As the migration from on-premise data centres to cloud services like AWS, GCP and Azure continues its unprecedented march forward, organisations need a data backup solution to protect these myriad workloads in a unified manner. Cloud backup provides a reliable means of immutable storage. It ensures that the organisation’s critical data and applications are always readily available, even during a system failure, outage or natural disaster. Cloud storage also provides other advantages such as reliable disaster recovery and enhanced flexibility and scalability. It thus helps bolster the organisation’s data protection strategy without adding to the IT staff’s burden.

 

  • Leverage data for other business use cases

Businesses need to maintain copies of their data, not only for daily operations and business continuity but also for regulatory (and other) purposes. Therefore, it’s not enough for the data backup solution to simply ensure retention or recoverability. A reliable cloud backup solution goes beyond these “basic hygiene factors” to enable organisations to leverage backup data for multiple use cases. For example, non-IT business teams leverage data for data mining, business reporting, application dev-tests, compliance checks, or to improve the organisation’s IT security profile. The solution must carve requested data segments out of backup repositories, and enable data reuse to support these needs. Security is also a must to ensure uninterrupted data access, integrity and recoverability.

 

Fast and secure data backup to the cloud with Centorrino Technologies

To the uninitiated, the world of modern backup solutions can be complex and confusing. If you keep in mind the four key criteria outlined above, you can modernise your data backup architecture to ensure data reliability and recoverability, and minimise business downtime.

Centorrino Technologies’ backup and disaster recovery solutions (Zerto and Veeam) deliver world-class cloud storage/data backup capabilities so organisations can consistently meet their desired Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives. Centorrino Technologies can deliver a fitting solution to meet your needs, whether your on-premise infrastructure is to be replicated to another on-premise platform, or on the cloud (or from cloud-to-cloud).

With CT’s managed and unmanaged data backup solutions, you have everything you need to protect your data and maintain its integrity. Easily create backups, snapshots and replications, transport data between platforms, and get complete visibility and control with our cutting-edge disaster recovery solutions. If you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to get in touch.