How Cloud Backup Helps Meet Your IT Goals

Posted 04/10/2018 by Penny Gralewski

As part of an ongoing series that focuses on backup-related issues, our Commvault experts weigh in. Read other similar blogs.

Cloud backup won’t break your IT strategy. While integrating the cloud into your backup strategy can introduce a number of challenges and pitfalls, if you correctly manage cloud backup it can actually help you meet your IT goals.

In the new blog “Why the Cloud Breaks Backup,” George Crump of StorageSwiss points out that some legacy backup systems can add a cloud backup option. He notes that this method isn’t usually integrated, which can cause complexity, additional management tasks and uncertainty around the completeness of backups.

Cloud backup can be straightforward – if you choose the right offering. Learn how cloud backup can actually help you, not break you.

Native integration streamlines cloud backup

While some backup vendors bolt on cloud support, Commvault chooses to integrate with the native interfaces of the big public clouds, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud. This means you can seamlessly perform backup and recovery tasks from within the interface of your public cloud, saving time and effort with a streamlined approach.

Native integration with cloud providers also means a more secure connection. Because there aren’t external gateways or appliances, you can rest assured that a secured connection exists.

A single platform for seamless cloud backup and on-premises backup

It’s extremely confusing to use one offering for cloud backup and another for on-premises backup.

Just think of what you have to do with different products. The list is long: remember the login information, learn the interface, sift through their documentation, find their customer support number and pay maintenance on an isolated product.

When you choose Commvault, you have seamless cloud backup and on-premises backup, all from the same platform.

From one interface, Commvault software provides:

  • On-premises backup

  • Backup to the cloud

  • Backup in the cloud

  • Backup between clouds and cloud regions

  • Application backup to the cloud and in the cloud

  • Physical to virtual (P2V), virtual to virtual (V2V), virtual to physical (V2P), physical-to-cloud, cloud-to-cloud and cross-hypervisor support

You can manage cloud backup and on-premises backup, plus recovery, ediscovery and ongoing data management from just one platform.

Validate when a cloud backup is complete

Many people schedule backups, cross their fingers and hope the backup worked. Sometimes the backup tool you’re using won’t give you information – or enough information – to know if the cloud backup worked.

With the Commvault platform, you can easily validate the status of cloud backups. Manage your cloud backups with real time job information. Data management operations like backup, restore and archive are all shown on the same Commvault job manager. The specifics of the storage target and the progress of the job is clear.

When your backup is finished, the Commvault platform will confirm your backup completed the necessary steps.

Don’t hope your backups worked; check to be sure they are there if you need to recover the data.

Meet IT goals with cloud backup

Today, IT leaders have goals to move data and workloads to the cloud for efficiency, cost savings and security. Cloud backups of data, applications, virtual machines and workloads can help you meet your IT goals.

Most of all, many IT leaders want to be able to tell their executives that the company’s most valuable resource - their data - is secure. When you properly manage cloud backups with Commvault, you can find the efficiency, cost savings and peace of mind that you originally intended.

 

 

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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.