Cloud solutions are providing tremendous potential benefits for today’s businesses. Cloud backup is one area that can truly help businesses thrive. The advent of backup-as-a-service (BaaS) offerings has enabled businesses to not only take advantage of the cloud’s flexibility and scalability but also outsource their backup and recovery services to a company that specialises in backup and disaster recovery.
However, over the years, there still exist several misconceptions about on-premise backup deployments versus a public cloud deployment, especially among traditional businesses that have yet to experience the benefits of cloud-native backup. This article will attempt to clear some of those misconceptions.
1. On-premises backup gives you more flexibility or control to serve your specific needs than using public clouds
The fact is that in the age of digital transformation and disruption, IT and business demands change rapidly. Unfortunately, making resources available in the traditional data centre to cater to changes and growth is still a time-consuming process. In the cloud, however, new IT resources are available at the click of a button.
What’s also great about cloud backup and BaaS is that you don’t have to move all of your backups to cloud and switch to a cloud-based strategy wholesale. Businesses have the option and control over which workloads are transitioned to the new cloud-based platform and most importantly when they wish to make the transition.
2. Keeping your backups on-premises is more secure and compliant than in the public cloud
Security is often one of the top considerations for organisations when choosing a backup solution. Many companies are understandably still concerned about cloud security and who has access to their cloud data. But the truth is that major, reputable cloud providers with highly-trained staff who deal with security daily are probably better equipped and have the resources to secure data and ensure privacy on their cloud.
Mature cloud providers typically rely on industry standard best practices to comply with the strictest needs for their corporate customers.
With BaaS, companies can achieve high standards in terms of security and compliance while overcoming the issues related to time, expertise and resources required to do so on their own.
3. On-premises backup provides better DR and reliability than the public cloud
For many years, disaster recovery was a challenging (not to mention expensive) conundrum typically reserved only for the largest companies with deep pockets. While predictable pricing and lower latency are some of the benefits that may still draw organisations to on-premises DR, more companies are turning over to cloud-based DR solutions, and for a good reason.
The cloud not only makes disaster recovery much more scalable and cost-effective, allowing businesses to automatically protect data without the need for expensive on-site hardware and administrative overhead, but a cloud-native consolidated backup/DR solution also makes recovery much simpler and quicker, minimising downtime.
How quick are we talking about? Druva’s next-gen DRaaS solution, for example, can help companies achieve an RTO of minutes and RPO of an hour. Moreover, cloud backup is also the best option for companies that are looking to adhere to the recommended 3-tiered approach to backup (two copies on local sites with a third located off-site).
The fact is that for modern businesses, it’s now not just about disaster recovery, but business continuity (BC). The solution has to ensure that regular business can continue in the event of an outage or disaster while avoiding the interruption of activities and processes.
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Have a look at this checklist to see if your business should consider Druva for your backup needs.