Organizations still utilizing on-prem backups need to embrace both the cloud and cloud service providers for a faster, more reliable, and more disaster-ready backups.
Backups have been around as long as networks have. And, in a lot of ways, not much has changed. You create and store copies of what you deem important from production so that, should you ever need them, they are available.
But the world of backups has evolved over the last number of year to a state where the cloud and Backups as a Service (BaaS) are the norm. But many organizations still utilize on-premises backups – whether disk- or tape-based – and haven’t yet made the jump, despite the advances in technology.
So, why should you make the switch to BaaS and leave on-prem backups behind?
There are a few reasons to consider BaaS over on-prem backups:
- Protection – one of the biggest benefits of BaaS is the added ability of anytime, anywhere recovery. On-prem backups can only recover on-prem, while BaaS empowers you to recover to the cloud, another data center, etc. And the advances in backups, replication, instant recovery, and more make BaaS a source of many more recovery options than just restoring a backup job.
- Scalability – As organization’s grow, the amount of data needed does as well. Cloud-based backups can scale as needed on-demand. This allows you to make changes to your strategy, create an archive, add in new servers from an acquisition, and more – all without worrying if you have enough storage space.
- Expense – Scaling storage usually means a ton more budget to be dedicated to hardware. But the cloud turns costly Capex discussion into far more palatable opex conversations. As storage goes up, there are no material investments needed to be made from the budget.
- Security – Backups in the cloud are encrypted in-transit and at-rest. Nasty ransomware designed to find and destroy backups only work on-prem, making BaaS perfect as part of a ransomware response strategy. Data can also be stored in global locales, as necessary, to avoid data extradition.
- Expertise – BaaS should come with a cloud services provider who are experts on cloud-based backups. With cloud backups being well over a decade old, the ability to leverage a partner makes the shift to BaaS one that includes a better backup plan, managed services around monitoring of backups, and an ability to lean on that partner to assist should recovery ever be necessary.
The world of backups has made great strides. Backups and the software and strategies that support it are zeroed in on a successful recovery. BaaS takes these advances, moves them to the cloud, and puts them in the capable hands of a trusted partner who has your success at heart.
So, while your on-prem backups are working just fine, it may be time to see this as a “hey – the 90’s called… they want their backups back!” moment and consider the benefits of BaaS.
OffsiteDataSync (ODS) provides managed services using world-class cloud-based infrastructure and the Veeam Availability Suite. Together offering best of breed Backup as a Service, ODS and Veeam help organizations plan, architect, implement, automate, and execute tailor-made backups in the cloud.