Echoing Beloussov, Andrew Bell, Technical Programme Director at the Office of the CTO in Commvault, said: "As different customers have varying security requirements, ensuring that they have a pathway back on-premise, or onto a more suitable platform is critical. It always helps for companies to adopt a vendor neutral solution that allows flexibility and frees them from lock-in so they can transfer data between different cloud providers and hypervisors. This is helpful when it comes to their future infrastructure."
Besides that, Bell advised organisations to adopt an integrated, automated data protection approach capable of providing a single view of stored data in on-premises or in the cloud.
Forecasting the future of backup
Beloussov believes the backup and disaster recovery space will evolve to become data management in the next five years. "Data management will include disaster recovery, backup and storage, reporting, search, repair, monitoring, archiving, signing the data, and data security."
As for Bell, he noted the industry is now closer to realising real-time data protection for backup, in which every change made to a data is immediately protected. "As the industry moves towards solutions that provide fast, transparent data protection, business leaders need solutions that make it easy for capturing data changes in real-time rather than on a scheduled basis. Minimal network load is crucial to help businesses ensure reliable, real-time protection that will recover any version of any file at any time," he said.
However, Beloussov cautioned against over-reliance on real-time data protection for backups. "[Even if you] have an immediate RPO (Recovery Point Objective) for some data, modifying the data frequently may cause you to lose a replica. So, you need to have a backup to disk policy. But having an accessible data on the disk also means it's accessible to failure and criminals. So, if you're wise, you'd have long-term storage of data on something like tape, which is less accessible but safer," he said.
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