At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that nearly every business today that has backups in place is utilizing the cloud to play some role in the backup and/or recovery strategy. Many organizations have turned to BaaS as a means to offload both the storage and work of backups.
But many organizations think just because their implementation is in place that it’s running optimally. But, experts in BaaS are well-aware that even BaaS can be misconfigured and mismanaged that results in higher costs, more work, slower service, and a lower likelihood or recovery.
So, what are the signs that you aren’t necessarily getting the most from Baas?
The list below certainly isn’t exhaustive, but does serve as a good indicator that your BaaS implementation is less than perfect.
- You’re Not Actually Utilizing BaaS – If you are using on-premises backup software and syncing it with the cloud, you’re not quite in the realm of BaaS. The cloud’s use in this scenario most definitely offers recovery benefits, but those organizations leveraging BaaS offerings are seeing benefits in cost reduction, efficiency, speed, and recoverability through software and services designed around the cloud.
- Backups Are Too Large – You only have so much bandwidth, and if you aren’t using a backup strategy and software that minimizes the size of your backups, getting data to and from the cloud may be taking longer, impacting recoverability and costing you more than it should.
- Storage Costs A Lot – If everything you backup is sitting in one place in the cloud and is not taking advantage of tiered storage, you’re most definitely paying more than you should for the cloud storage aspect of BaaS.
- You’re Doing it All Yourself – The whole idea behind BaaS is to allow some or all of your backups (including architecture, implementation, management, and maintenance) should be performed by a cloud services provider specializing in BaaS. If you’re doing all the work, without any assistance, you’re paying for a “service” your not receiving.
Whether you’ve just realized you’re not really using BaaS, or you have some work to do to better improve your use of BaaS, there are always steps that can be taken to elevate your backup game that enhance the organization’s ability to recover. Taking time to assess the current state of your implementation, looking for assistance and guidance from your BaaS provider to find ways to enhance your current implementation is a great first step.