The success or failure of a recovery rests solely on whether you have the right backups in place. No backups, no recovery. Sometimes all that’s needed is a solid plan around what should be backed up, based on the likelihood of any given disaster event. With this in hand, organizations can craft a backup strategy that will provide appropriate data protection at the time of recovery – whether the “disaster” is the simple loss of data, the loss of an entire data center, or anything in between.
In a tactical sense, Baas comes down to two things: cloud-based storage to host backups and management of backups. BaaS provides the organization with access to all the space needed – along with the bandwidth, compute, etc. all necessary to support the storing and retrieving of backup data.
Who is BaaS Best Suited For?
- Those needing more than on-prem – This applies to just about any organization on the planet; on-prem backups mean recovery itself becomes a disaster if the physical location is wiped out. Having cloud-based backups gives organizations the ability for anytime, anywhere, any loss recovery.
- Organizations with little or no IT staff – Managing backups themselves is nearly impossible and passing the work onto a trusted partner makes both financial and technical sense.
- Larger organizations with lots of data – Those with tens or hundreds of TBs of data look to BaaS when they are only concerned about having the data accessible, and choose to worry about DR at a later time.
- International organizations – BaaS providers tend to have data centers globally, allowing for backup data to be securely stored without the fear of extradition by foreign governments.
- Organizations testing the “aaS” waters – In both cases, BaaS can serve as the entry point to test out the provider and then add on services later.
Benefits of BaaS
For organizations that fit the demographic of a typical BaaS customer, this service offers organizations with the absolute assurance that their data will be available should a disaster strike, while leaving the recovery details to internal IT. But the benefits of BaaS don’t stop there; other benefits include:
- Lower TCO – the cost of maintaining your own data center (or even just leveraging a private cloud and managing the backups yourself) is more costly than utilizing an end-to-end backup service.
- Simplicity – This service requires little effort on the part of the organization. Backups are defined with the provider, jobs are monitored, with the customer being notified when there’s a problem.
- On-Prem Performance – Cloud backup today is anything but slow. With technologies like incremental block level backup sets, deduplication of data, and bandwidth throttling, the actual amount of data being sent up to the cloud is minimal, while still maintaining a complete backup of your environment.
- More Options than On-Prem – With data residing in the cloud, organizations can choose to restore to cloud-based virtual environments, an alternate location, etc., providing more recovery options that on-premises tape or disk backups offer.
- Access to Additional Recovery Services – BaaS providers are wanting to offer you the right services that meet your recovery objectives, methodologies, and budget. By having your backups stored with a provider that offers DRaaS, making the next step up to ensure recovery is much simpler than for those starting out looking for a DRaaS provider.
Eliminating the Confusion Around BaaS
One of the biggest unknowns for organizations, when it comes to planning for a disaster, is whether they’ll have the right backups sets available for the disaster scenario that strikes. By implementing BaaS, you take those worries and unknowns, placing them in the capable hands of an expert partner who specializes in ensuring your most important data, applications, and systems are backed up, ready at a moment’s notice to be recovered.
We’ve created the “Confusion as a Service” ebook to help take some of the confusion out of selecting the right recovery-related, cloud-based services for your company. You can download your copy here.
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