Storage Platforms For Your Off-site Backups and Disaster Recovery

Last week, I had the honor of hosting Webair’s webinar where I provided our attendees with valuable insights on selecting the right storage platform for organizations’ local backups, off-site backups, and disaster recovery. Here are some of the key takeaways from the webinar that will allow you to choose the perfect storage option to complement your unique requirements:

Backups and Disaster Recovery: Different, Yet Equally Important

Disaster recovery and backups are often used interchangeably, but it’s imperative that your organization realizes that backups and disaster recovery are actually 2 distinct capabilities that require individual strategies, technical solutions, and vendors. Since these are independent solutions, it’s especially crucial that you understand the business requirements for each.

Disaster Recovery: a False Sense of Security

Many organizations have a false sense of security when it comes to disaster recovery, and there are pitfalls that typically go unnoticed until an actual disaster occurs or long-term recovery is needed. Your replication may work fine and your disaster recovery testing may be successful, but what if your disaster recovery can’t handle the production workload? Or maybe it can handle your production workload, but not with reverse replication. What if your DR requirements result in an astronomical spin-up cost? Your organization needs to be completely aware of these potential drawbacks.

Local and Off-site Backups: Platforms

When it comes to local backups, it’s critical that your organization utilizes platforms that provide scale-out architecture, data reduction, and true resilience. For off-site backups, organizations should consider adopting a tiered approach, employing both regional landing zones for fast & immediate restores, as well as inexpensive archival storage.

Disaster Recovery: Take a Holistic Approach

For disaster recovery, it’s important that your organization looks at the big picture before implementing a platform for your DR. The key to choosing the ideal platform for your organization is understanding the limitations around networking, direct storage, and legacy platforms before selecting a target.

Backups and Disaster Recovery: Fully Managed or Self Service?

Most importantly, your organization needs to decide whether you prefer a fully managed solution, where a third party is in charge of ensuring everything is working properly, or if you’d rather take on security, scaling, and data breach liability in-house.

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