Beyond (Traditional) Backup and Restore

By Enrico Signoretti

In a recent webinar, I was talking about “Recovery Readiness” with Commvault. 

It’s amazing how, even today, backup and recovery is still one of the most important processes in IT and how this has changed over the course of the last 20-25 years. In the webinar, we looked at the current state of backup and recovery, how ever-growing data, demanding SLAs and new applications are changing the way we do backups and retrieve data when necessary. 

The recovery process that is becoming more and more complicated now, with data dispersed in several locations, including the cloud and the edge (no matter what you consider edge in your organizations, small remote locations, mobile devices, or both). But this is only part of the story, as there are new computing models as well, including micro services, containers and SaaS applications. Think about Kubernetes, for example. Not only ephemeral containers but now persistent storage has entered the picture. When backing up an application deployed on Kubernetes you have to think of its data as well as its runtime state. Not an easy task. 

And let me say that this is only the tip of the iceberg. New forms of disasters, especially cybersecurity threats like ransomware, are now becoming all too common and you have to be constantly ready to retrieve your data quickly when needed. All this while keeping an eye on and complying with ever growing regulations and company policies!

Beyond liability

There is more to traditional backup and restore though. If we think only in the terms I described above, it is highly likely that your backup strategy and infrastructure are looked at as a form of insurance and seen by everybody in your organization as a cost instead of an investment. 

The beauty of modern backup strategies and infrastructures is that they can quickly become a good investment, with a great ROI that can contribute highly to improving TCO infrastructure and business competitiveness. Does this sound like too much? I don’t want to spill the beans here – as we discussed this in the webinar – but I’d like to give you a couple of hints on how you could start implementing such a strategy:

  • Avoid cloud and backup silos and consolidate data in large and more manageable repositories
  • Avoid too many tools for your backup processes, making it easier to find data when you need it while facilitating the entire backup-restore process
  • Look for solutions that can ease your day-to-day tasks (aka strong automation, predictive analytics and AI/ML to help you find anomalies and react before they could become an issue)
  • Find solutions that allow you to search and reuse your data intelligently

Closing the circle

You think it’s difficult? If you think of backup and restore in the traditional way, it’s quite impossible indeed!

On the other hand, the technology to make this revolution happen is available and some vendors are working hard at trying to make their solutions user-friendly and ready to be used by organizations of all sizes.

An example can be found in the Commvault Activate video below:

If you didn’t attend the live webinar I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I warmly suggest you register for the on-demand version and watch it. I hope it’s will be insightful and will gives you a few ideas on how to begin rethinking your backup strategy and transform your backups from a liability to an asset for your organization.