As 2021 comes to a close, many of us will examine what did and didn’t work during the past year, and then vow to make changes that’ll help us improve as we move forward. While these resolutions can sometimes be difficult to keep, when it comes to data protection, Veeam and OffsiteDataSync are making it easy. 

If you missed our recent joint webinar and are one of the many folks requesting a replay, don’t fret – you can now view “2022 Data Protection Trends & Resolutions” in its entirety. And you don’t want to miss this a one-of-a-kind resource. That’s because it’s aim is to help IT better understand what they should address, take advantage of “use it or lose it” budget and setup their companies for healthier data protection in the year ahead.

If you’re familiar with Veeam and the family of Veeam Cloud Backup Services, you know they do a lot of research on data protection, routinely enlisting third party firms to ensure unbiased findings. One of the people most intimately involved with the data is webinar co-host, Jason Buffington, Veeam’s VP of solutions strategy. Joining him was Jonah May, sales engineer at OffsiteDataSync, who holds multiple Veeam certifications and is a Veeam Vanguard, an exclusive community of top-level influencers providing technical thought leadership.

This data-driven discussion drew heavily from a number of Veeam-sponsored research projects, beginning with a look at the past year supported by the “2021 Data Protection Trends Report,” based on a survey of 3,000 organizations across the globe, the largest ever conducted on the topic. Highlights included a discussion focused on where to find Veeam data protection services, how one size does not fit all companies, as well as an analysis of white glove service versus do it yourself.

For Jason, a little extra emphasis was placed on the 4 Cs – cost, complexity, capabilities and cloud. The latter, he noted, relates specifically to cloud power backup, now essential for solving reliability issues, getting better outcomes and economics.

Planning Ahead for Baas and DRaaS Capabilities

Both hosts agreed that planning is essential to data protection. In highlighting this, the hosts discussed data from Veeam’s 2021 reports on cloud protection trends. An additional one dedicated exclusively to backup as a service (BaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), provided invaluable insight culled from more than 1,500 organizations using or planning to use the services. Ransomware and other threats were reviewed, accompanied by details on how these security concerns should also fit into planning.

Conversation turned to 2022 data resolutions. This drilled down on common questions to help participants understand what BaaS actually means to companies, why it might be used instead of the traditional backup software/hardware stack and more. For Buffington, one of the most important questions to answer is “Why BaaS when you can DRaaS?” 

Tune in and you’ll know what he means. 

Moving Forward: Make Security through Veeam Backup a Reality

The webinar finished with strong advice for moving forward, including Veeam recommendations to close out 2021 and better position yourself for 2022. From adding cloud repositories outside production boundaries to trying DRaaS, looking deeper into potential Office 365 issues to experimenting with monitoring and orchestration, their recommendations covered important ground.  

Emphasis was placed on how decision makers can identify if they should enlist a cloud service provider, and if so, what to consider when and how to most effectively leverage them. High on the list was a look into the value of a trusted partner – a CSP with empathy, boots on the ground where they’re needed, vendor certifications and strong relationships. 

Truth be told, that was one of our favorite parts. After all, OffsiteDataSync has a global presence, and we rely on customer input to guide the company. Not only are we steeped in Veeam and other leading vendor certifications, we’ve been named Veeam Partner of the Year three times and have been recognized for joint innovation. 

Our resolution for the New Year is to build upon this and remain at the forefront of cloud services and Veeam’s data protection services so our customers can continue to focus on growing their business without worrying about the security of their data.

What will you resolve to do better in the year ahead? To figure it out, be sure to view Veeam and OffsiteDataSync’s latest webinar, “2022 Data Protection Trends & Resolutions.”