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World Backup Day highlights data recovery best practices

Adrian M. Reodique | March 31, 2017
In line with the World Backup Day, experts from Acronis and Commvault shed light on the importance of backup and share tips on what IT leaders should do to prevent their organisation from suffering downtime.


What drove the evolution of backup and recovery technologies

Backup and recovery technologies have evolved over the past 10 years, concurrent with the growing number of data and its sources. 

Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis

"A decade ago, the most important data source was a physical server: Linux, UNIX, physical desktop, etc. Then the number of devices supported and-most importantly-number of data sources increased greatly. There are now more servers, clients, mobile devices, as well as larger amounts of data - it has grown several orders of magnitude over the decade," said Beloussov.

Similarly, Johnston noted that organisations' increased reliance on their data also drove the drastic changes to data protection methodologies."Customers now, more than ever, expect services to be available to them at the click of a button, whether it is through a webpage or a smartphone application. Businesses need to ensure that their applications and information are highly available and recoverable instantly," he explained.

To address the changing business demands, CoreLogic, a property data provider in Australia, has started moving to the cloud to manage its 600 data sources and a petabyte of data produced by their customers each day. By 2018, the company will no longer use tape backups but rely on the cloud to effectively manage its data.

Besides enabling better data management, CoreLogic said that the move to the cloud will also help in its business model transformation, as well as reduce innovation cycle times.

"Since the property boom, our data has grown exponentially every year. As a result, we knew we had to come up with effective ways to backup data and re-use it - something that had become both critical and difficult," said Adrian Jansz, Head of ICT for CoreLogic, in a press release.

"[With Commvault's help,] we no longer require tape or offsite storage. It's not just our servers and platforms, but also our desktops and laptops being backed-up to cloud," he added.


Adoption of cloud-based backup and recovery technologies to accelerate

Johnston believes cloud storage and cloud-based recovery will become a norm in the digital age. This is supported by Asian organisations' increased appetite for cloud for backup and storage purposes. "We have seen a steady rate of adoption for several clients in Asia, and very few companies are now completely closed to the idea of using cloud for backup or storage purposes," he said.

Beloussov identified data security concerns-stemming from increased cybercrime and natural disasters-as one driver of cloud storage adoption.

"Organisations might feel that local backups are more accessible than remote ones. Unfortunately, [some countries such as] the Philippines face natural disasters, [which means that you might lose your data if the natural disaster destroys your local backup.] If you're storing data in a remote location, it's not only unaffected by local disasters, but is also less vulnerable to cyber criminals because if your PC is encrypted, it becomes increasingly harder for them to attack your cloud storage as well," he explained.


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