As many organizations know, the cloud is not one-size-fits-all – every enterprise has different workloads operating in different clouds and environments (from public cloud to private data centers). Moreover, today’s organizations must be able to operate 365/24/7, and require maximum uptime and data access.
If the demands of being able to deliver services to your employees and customers at all times aren’t stressful enough, downtime is extremely expensive – to the tune of $102,450 per hour. And downtime can be the result of a range of issues, from human error to increasingly common ransomware attacks. As such, it’s not hard to understand why data backup is a critical component in being able to maintain the availability of IT services and data infrastructures.
Recently, Justin Giroux, Systems Engineer at Veeam, joined me for an educational webinar on how organizations can select the right backup solution – including cloud infrastructure services – and how those tools are applied to different environments. After all, data is the lifeblood of today’s organizations, and it’s important to have the proper data protection strategies in place.
Cloud-based data protection strategies, in particular, have become increasingly popular options for organizations – from Archiving-as-a-Service to Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service and Backup-as-a-Service. That’s because these solutions offer a range of benefits, including reducing infrastructure costs, simplifying storage management, maximizing existing IT resources and aligning costs to usage and growth (i.e., cloud costs move from capex to opex.)
But how do you get started when it comes to cloud storage planning and deployment? A few key considerations in selecting your cloud backup solution are:
- What data for what purpose? It’s important to know what data you have where, and the purpose that that data serves for your organization. Business-critical data is going to be treated differently than archival data that’s rarely accessed or being kept for compliance purposes. These are important considerations.
- Vendor reputation. When considering a cloud backup vendor, you must consider their fit as a strategic IT partner to your firm. What are their customers saying about them? Plus, make sure their team of experts is taking the time to get to know your environment and understand your unique business needs.
- Data egress charges. The cornerstone of any data protection strategy is the recoverability of the data in the case of data loss. What is the cost to recover data from the cloud, or in the worst case scenario, the cost to recover all your data? Many vendors are happy to put your data into their cloud, but make it very expensive to take it out.
Markley and Veeam are committed to answering these hard questions with you to ensure you’re selecting the best cloud backup solution for your needs.
Markley Cloud Backup, Powered by Veeam Cloud Connect, is an easy-to-deploy solution that is secure and pay-as-you-grow. There are no data egress or access charges from Markley, meaning it’s cost-effective and optimizes bandwidth.
Markley Backup as a Service, Powered by Veeam, is a fully managed backup and recovery solution. This solution takes advantage of Markley’s rich network and connectivity – your data is stored within the Markley Cloud environment and our dedicated experts manage the entire backup and recovery process.
If you missed our recent webinar and want to learn how the cloud can be an integral part of your data protection plan, understand the tangible benefits of cloud-based backup, and evaluate the fastest way(s) to embrace the cloud as part of your backup solution, – watch the recorded webinar online today.
You’ll be on your way to becoming the reigning champion of cloud backup.