Organizations have always generally cared about their ability to recover backup data. However, the advent of ransomware has cast a new spotlight on it. Organizations must now prioritize recovering their workloads and data in the time and to the point their business requires. To do that, they may need to implement up to three (3) different rapid recovery offerings.
Category: Disaster Recovery
Application outages may occur for any number of reasons. Whether hardware failures, software bugs, user error, or a ransomware attack, these events cause application downtime. Since application downtime has multiple deleterious effects on organizations, fast application recoveries have taken on new importance. In response, virtual machine (VM) backup software providers have introduced and implemented multiple new instant recovery features into their solutions.
All organizations need to face an unpleasant truth: It is not a question of “If” they will experience a ransomware attack; it is a matter of “When.” While cybersecurity software serves as a first-line defense against ransomware, IT leaders recognize cybersecurity software alone does not thwart all ransomware attacks. And as an assumption an attack may succeed, these leaders also recognize they must protect their production and backup data. Immutable storage can help.
As many are aware, Kaseya’s Virtual System Administrator (VSA) was the target of a ransomware attack over the Independence Day weekend. Two days ago, on July 6, 2021, Kaseya’s CEO, Fred Voccola, posted a video on YouTube that summarized Kaseya’s response to this attack. This blog entry contains a summary of his comments from that video. You may access the full video available through this link.
All enterprises contain multiple applications, databases, operating systems, hypervisors, and data types in their data centers. As such, enterprises minimally expect any modern backup software solution to protect those items. However, protecting them only scratches the surface of the needs that enterprises expect modern backup software solutions to meet.
Application owners primarily want control over their recoveries for one reason. They lack confidence in the ability of central backup administrators to successfully perform them. This lack of confidence explains why some backup solutions give users the flexibility within their tool to perform this task. However, as organizations increasingly adopt cloud infrastructures, expect to see recovery management become a task they can administer centrally.
DRaaS (disaster-recovery-as-a-service) in the cloud continues to gain traction among organizations as an idea whose time has come. Adopting this technique, organizations can recover their data in the cloud should a disaster of any magnitude occurs. However, read the fine print as the recovery options that a DRaaS provider offers can take many forms. An organization must verify that the DRaaS vendor it selects delivers the type of recovery experience that it expects.
More companies than ever want to use the cloud as part of their overall IT strategy. To do so, they often look to achieve some quick wins in the cloud to demonstrate its value. Achieving these quick wins also serves to give them some practical hands on experience in the cloud. Incorporating the cloud into your backup and disaster recovery (DR) processes may serve as the best way to get these wins.
The shift is on toward using cloud service providers for an increasing number of production IT functions with backup and DR often at the top of the list of the tasks that companies first want to deploy in the cloud. But as IT staff seeks to “Check the box” that they can comply with corporate directives to have a cloud solution in place for backup and DR, they also need to simultaneously check the “Simplicity,” “Cost-savings,” and “It Works” boxes.
For an HCI solution to not have a clear path forward for public cloud support is almost anathema in the increasingly hybrid cloud environments found in today’s enterprises. That’s what makes this week’s CloudShift announcement from Datrium notable – it begins to clarify Datrium’s strategy for how Datrium is going to go beyond backup to the public cloud as part of its DVX solution and puts the concept of flawless DR on corporate radar screens.