Is Data Protection The Key To Faster Cloud Adoption?

By Chris Powell

Could cloud adoption be even faster if a clear data protection strategy was involved? That’s a question we hear from both large and small enterprises. Moving to the cloud can be a complex process. While many organizations are adopting a cloud strategy, there seems to be an emerging advantage for those who have clearly outlined bridging data protection policies and workflows to the cloud.

Consider this: 93 percent of IT leaders surveyed said they are moving processes to the cloud.1 That said, data migration to the cloud is inevitable – but how do you move quickly to meet your goals?

Faster cloud adoption with a data protection plan

Two main challenges to cloud adoption are the volume of data that has to move to the cloud and the staff resources needed to move it.2

So how do you navigate the challenges of achieving a successful cloud strategy?  Commvault customers have already figured out some strategies. In a recent survey of Commvault cloud customers, 79 percent said they are realizing the cloud benefits they expected, including agility and cost savings.3

Cost-management (as always) is top of mind. If data is being managed as an afterthought, rather than a pre-planned part of a cloud migration, you may spend more than expected.

A common misstep in cloud migration is moving a workload to the cloud but not considering the best storage level. An active workload should be located in warm storage, but an archive or less accessed data set could be moved to cold or cool storage.

The Commvault platform includes a clear dashboard to show where data and workloads are stored – both on-premises and in the cloud. With Commvault software, you can quickly identify what workloads can move to less expensive cloud storage. You can also identify on-premises archive workloads that could be ideal targets for moving to cloud cold storage that may be less expensive than your on-premises or co-located data centers.

How does Commvault data protection speed cloud adoption?

Now that you know what to move, it’s time for data migration. Commvault facilitates the movement of large data sets, thousands of virtual machines, or small initial data sets to the cloud with these options in the Commvault data platform:

  • Deduplication and compression to shrink data as much as possible
  • Encryption of data in-flight and at rest
  • Reporting for success/failure and restart
  • Automation and orchestration for a repeatable process
  • The most breadth and depth of supported applications, hypervisors, databases and clouds

In addition, Commvault partners with VARs and MSPs who are exceptionally qualified to efficiently move workloads to the cloud.  They support strategic planning, digital transformation and help companies move, manage and use data across hybrid storage locations.

Start cloud adoption with Office 365 – and data protection

Many organizations start their cloud adoption with Office 365, and Commvault helps there as well.

When your organization adopts Office 365, your data protection policies – including backup, recovery and business continuity planning – need to be extended to the cloud.

You hold the responsibility for backups and recovery. While Microsoft is responsible for availability, organizations themselves are responsible for accidental or intentional deletion, administrative errors, or malware/ransomware recovery.

With a broad range of Office 365 backup and recovery options, Commvault can be a key ally in this first cloud adoption move.

Start your cloud adoption by planning data protection

As your organization works on a cloud adoption project, talk to Commvault and our partners about data protection.  Together, we can plan to solve the two of the biggest challenges companies face when moving to the cloud: handling the volume of data that needs to move and providing the automation to get your data to the right location to achieve business efficiency and cost effectiveness.

1 Executive Cloud Survey, Commvault and CITO Research 
2 Executive Cloud Survey, Commvault and CITO Research 
3 Executive Cloud Survey, Commvault and CITO Research