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It wasn’t long ago that only the largest enterprises could afford to equip and maintain a dedicated off-site data center for disaster recovery. Thanks to virtualization and the cloud, that’s no longer the case. Although the growth of the cloud can be credited with driving down the cost of hardware and storage – and consequently backup and recovery – it can also be blamed for increasing the complexity of data protection and disaster recovery.
With data on premise or in a private cloud, mixed with public cloud and the pervasive use of SaaS consumption for business critical applications, the IT organization must now protect and manage corporate data across vastly different physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. And with each distinct source, comes a different set of data protection and recovery challenges. Point products as well as VM and cloud vendors’ individual proprietary solutions, make meeting today’s aggressive Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) all but impossible. Without a single point of control for data protection and recovery no matter where data lives, IT organizations are forced to compromise recoverability and continuity for elasticity and flexibility.
Right alongside cost, agility has become a highly sought-after benefit of virtualization and cloud services. IT organizations recognize the value of being able to quickly respond to business needs in a flexible and efficient manner – whether that means spinning up a virtual machine in a private cloud or enabling file sharing through a public cloud. As a result, corporate data no longer sits solely within the confines of the corporate network. Instead, it sits in a combination of private and public clouds, sometimes unbeknownst to IT. Let’s face it, no one thanks IT when everything is running smoothly, but faced with downtime because of a disaster, natural or otherwise, IT needs to rise to the occasion or it could be job threatening.
While business users benefit from the cloud’s ease of use and flexibility, IT faces the challenging task of managing silos of data. Each cloud platform
has its own set of management processes and technologies that do not integrate across clouds. The additional operational overhead increases the risk that policies won’t be consistently applied and that data will not be adequately protected. Worse yet, IT may not even have the tools to recover data from public cloud services. That is sure to lead to a lot of restless nights.
THE ELEMENTS OF CONTROL
Regardless of where corporate data resides, it must be protected and managed in a manner that ensures it can be recovered in the case of a disaster or – more commonly – a service outage. In addition, IT organizations need an efficient means of managing data that preserves agility. That means the ability to recover data quickly while leveraging the cloud’s economics, and the ability to change cloud providers as business needs dictate. Ideally, this is achieved with a single point of control for both on-premise and cloud-based data. Sounds almost impossible but it isn’t.
For more than a decade companies have trusted Commvault to protect their on-premise data. Now, the industry leading data protection and information management provider makes data protection and recovery operations as easy and seamless in the cloud as in traditional, onpremises infrastructure by combining several key elements.