IT teams are constantly playing catch-up to the business. Hardware, architectures, applications and cloud services are in a constant state of evolution. So backing them up, and recovering them after a failure becomes a real problem.

Most teams know they need a backup plan to protect their systems, and it’s usually a struggle, but they get it done. Complicating this situation even more is the explosion of business and personal data. This data growth has forced organizations to look for more scalable backup options.

Tape was good, and you could keep adding more tapes as your data grew, but after a while, you were spending a lot of time managing tape libraries, and the physical access to them. In addition, the complexity of trying to recover from multiple tapes becomes a bit of a concern. Recovering a single file involves a lot of searching, but is fairly simple to do. Recovering a whole server? Well, that involves a lot more time: recovering the files you need, copying them onto suitable hardware (you do have spare hardware sitting around don’t you?) and then rebuilding it from bare metal. What could possibly go wrong?

Cloud backup is a very viable alternative to tape, and has the advantage of unlimited scalability. No more managing tapes, no more offsite physical storage, and you can keep as much data as you want, or at least as much as you are willing to pay for. However, the recovery complexity remains. You’ve gotten rid of the tapes, but still have a very large amount of data to retrieve. Does your vendor ship you a disk? Do you have to download the files? Do you know how long that will take?

If you have a significant amount of data backed up, you are probably going to be waiting for a while. Then you need new hardware, then the rebuild process begins. Easy right?

Cloud backup without Cloud recovery is just asking for problems. We suggest that when shopping for Cloud backup, you instead shop for Cloud recovery. When thinking about how to protect your business, first look for a recovery system that runs in the cloud. Something that limits downtime to minutes, not hours, and gives you the ability to run directly from the cloud.

Don’t be fooled by the appearance of low cost cloud backup: it’s not enough. You need cloud backup and fast recovery to stay competitive.

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