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Leveraging Cloud for High Availability, Backup and Disaster Recovery

Sri Narayanan | Nov. 21, 2017
Businesses cannot tolerate downtime

Simon Stockburger


Said Stockburger, "In most cases, businesses protect and backup only about 30 percent of applications because it is too expensive to manage the rest. This means many of the critical systems will lack resiliency in the event of an attack or other disaster. But what if you could backup 99 percent of your critical applications and increase the data availability SLAs across the enterprise? What if you could do this 75 percent cheaper than conventional back and DR approaches on premises?"

He added that deploying IBM's Backup-As-A-Service cloud services would help companies replicate VMware workloads into IBM's Bluemix Infrastructure, which provides disaster recovery for VMware applications with stringent recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) at a far lower cost.


Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategies

How can you rapidly and efficiently replicate your backup data between sites while minimizing costs and impact to backup operations?

Speaking to next generation backup strategies, Gajun Ganendran, Asia Pacific Ecosystem Leader for Cloud Object Storage, IBM, stressed that companies have an obligation to store data long term for regulatory, legal, and business reasons, and there is a long-standing requirement that data is protected and secure.

Gajun Ganendran


They need to protect their data from the failure of an entire site, including the backup data. A single backup copy of data is insufficient to meet these requirements.

Though tape backups can be part of an overarching backup replication strategy, companies have to consider the TCO and backward compatibility. Aside from data loss of media degeneration over several years, there is concern about associated tape backup costs including cleaning, testing and migration.

One solution is to adopt a Cloud Object Storage approach that would provide scalability, cost efficiency and flexibility in replicating business data for recovery and backup. Cloud Object Storage such as IBM Cloud Object Storage is very efficient, built for scale and stores not only data but also metadata, enabling useful, essential context when it is retrieved later.


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