Survey Says: Cloud Data Management Isn't Just Data Backup

Posted 06/08/2017 by Penny Gralewski

If you’re only using cloud for data backup, you’re missing out on a much larger opportunity. Today the cloud – public, private or a combination of both – is part of a larger enterprise data management strategy that goes beyond backup.

We recently surveyed more than 250 Commvault customers currently using the cloud for data management. Organizations of all sizes reported using the cloud for more than just data backup. These customers recognized the cloud as a cost-effective, flexible storage location that can be used in a variety of ways.

Check out the responses to the survey question, “What are you doing with data in the cloud?” The results show organizations are using cloud to manage data in many ways. The answers may give you insights into cloud scenarios you could implement yourself.

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Replacing tape storage with cloud storage

Forty-three precent of Commvault survey respondents said they are actively replacing tape storage with cloud. Replacing complicated and expensive tape operations with cloud-based data backup is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start a transition to the cloud.

Many organizations have a goal to modernize IT operations. Tape is an easy place to start to show IT modernization results. Some organizations are slowly migrating off of tape; others are very aggressive and eliminating tape altogether. Others are employing disk-to-disk-to-cloud instead of disk-to-disk-to-tape for data backups.

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Disaster recovery to and from the cloud

Forty-two percent of survey respondents reported they are using cloud for disaster recovery. This is a growing trend because firms find it faster, cheaper and more flexible to move disaster recovery operations to the cloud.

Using Commvault for cloud DR can automate disaster recovery workflows with tested cloud management policies, recover data and apps directly in the cloud and save costs. Paying for only what you need in the cloud - when you need it, for test or an actual DR event - is a huge driver for DR in the cloud.

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Archiving data to the cloud

Thirty-eight percent of survey respondents noted they were using cloud for data archiving. Archiving can be automated, which is a big help when Commvault customers archive native cloud workloads within the cloud or move older data to cold storage.

Public cloud providers offer different levels of inexpensive storage tiers priced and built for the archival use case. Cool storage is great for older data that might only see occasional access.

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Back up virtual machines in the cloud

Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said they back up virtual machines in the cloud. As virtual machines proliferate in an organization, a backup strategy is essential, and the cloud is an easy location for the backup.

Commvault customers optimize the migration of on-premises workloads onto Azure with ability to convert VMware virtual machines into Microsoft Azure instances. Or Commvault customers can convert Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware virtual machines into Amazon EC2 instances.

Go beyond backup: expand the Cloud Data Management strategy

If you haven’t yet implemented any of these ideas as part of your Cloud Data Management strategy, why not? Is it because your data tools don’t let you manage all of these data initiatives from one comprehensive platform?

Learn more about Commvault Cloud Data Management – and expand what you can do with data in the cloud.

Also register for the "Peer Trends In Cloud Data Management" webinar at 11 a.m. on June 21.

Penny Gralewski is the solutions marketing lead for all things cloud data management related – especially how to move, manage and use data across on-premises and cloud storage locations.