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Why utilize more than one solution for cloud backup?

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NOVEMBER, 2017

Many recent studies are pointing in one direction: the cloud
revolution is underway and will be aggressively invested in and acquired in the
coming years. This means that there are two types of enterprises.

Enterprises that are already using cloud based services and enterprises that are planning to acquire it. The latter kind of enterprises need to speed up the cloud
acquisition process because the cloud adds value to data. If they continue to
delay the inevitable, they will soon be following their competition; instead of
rivaling them side by side.

Why acquire multi-cloud backup?

If you are an enterprise that’s already using a cloud backup solution, then you are
probably thinking: why do we need another cloud? It’s similar to the concept of
two-factor authentication. It simply adds another layer of reliability and
allows you to gain access to innovative solutions without having to worry about
vendor lock-in. Can you imagine the repercussions if you lost data despite
having a backup cloud? Let’s say the
service provider’s data center was hit by a disaster or had to endure a
localized incident that resulted in the loss of your data or downtime; either
way, it won’t be pretty for your enterprise.

You may chalk this to up to paranoid ramblings but did you
know that recently Microsoft experienced downtime because of a malfunction in
the fire alarm system? Even with the billions of dollars of investment and
world renowned protocols, Microsoft wasn’t impervious to such incidents.

Reliability is not the only reason to acquire more than one
cloud to back up your data. Another reason is to acquire services and solutions
that are suitable to your requirements. 

Secure, Suitable Backup Solutions

Consider an enterprise with their own backup appliances. This
enterprise uses the local infrastructure to backup their high frequency access
data and they have to meet industry regulations to archive data. Data archiving
in local infrastructure is inefficient and weighs heavily on the budget. So
this enterprise can acquire Amazon
Glacier
to archive their data. If the enterprise also has confidential
data then they can utilize Microsoft
Azure Confidential Computing
.

Ideally, this is the best case scenario. However, even
industry giants like Microsoft, Amazon, Google etc. utilize lock-in strategies.
You can acquire Microsoft’s services but you cannot migrate or replicate your
data from Microsoft to Amazon or Google; and the same applies to the other two.
This constitutes a fundamental problem. Even though multi-cloud solutions are
ideal, their acquisition is complex; unless you use StoneFly’s cloud gateway
appliances that facilitate acquisition of multiple clouds and more.  

Among StoneFly’s range of products, you can acquire the SCVM
(Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine). This virtual storage appliance enables
you to gain access to multiple clouds and use them simultaneously.

Another reason to acquire multi-cloud solution is for the
development of an efficient backup and
disaster recovery plan

Get the Backup Appliance & the Private Cloud Follows

The additional benefit for acquiring StoneFly’s appliances
is that apart from gaining access to multiple public clouds, you also gain
access to StoneFly’s private cloud. If you’re an enterprise that simply cannot
tolerate data disruption, then using StoneFly’s cloud you can acquire failover
services. In a disaster situation, you can instantly failover to the replicated
system on StoneFly’s cloud and continue your operations while your primary
system is recovered. This ensures that the efficiency of your operations
remains unhindered and the probability of data loss is effectively reduced.

The utilization of a private cloud for failover services is a
crucial element of an effective disaster
recovery plan. When devising their DR plans, enterprises should evaluate
the value of their data before choosing whether or not to acquire it. 

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