08-14-20 | Blog Post

Managed cloud backup vs self-managed cloud backup

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Following on that fact, according to IBM, every two years we generate 10X more data. Which leads us to today, it is forecasted that every person will generate about 1.7 MB of data, per second. If even a third of that data is generated by business, as is presumed by research firms today, that’s a staggering amount of data for business to maintain. What data do we back up and how? Most times that’s not an employee’s decision, or even an individual business’s decision, as SOX, PCI, HIPAA and other compliance regulations provide governance regarding data storage and retention. With compliance in mind, does your data and backup live in a fully compliant private or public cloud environment? It’s acknowledged by all business that some form of data back-up is required, so how do we consider the cloud vs prem backup decision?

Economics first. It’s evolved to an industry fact that data backup to the cloud is more cost effective than backup to prem data centers.

  • Moving backup to the cloud shields the business from significant upfront capital expenditures associated with increases in prem storage.
  • There is typically a reduction in IT resources required when using cloud backup.
  • Cloud backup converts the backup and storage expense to OPEX via a recurring monthly or annual fee.

There are additional advantages to cloud vs prem based backup, including enhanced security options for additional years of data retention, geo-redundancy for backup and disaster recovery, enabling the retirement of legacy backup methodologies, and delivering fully dynamic and elastic storage capacities.

Differences in Backup Types

There are multiple types of backups to be considered including full, incremental, and real-time. It’s important to differentiate “Cloud Sync” vs backup. Cloud sync services synchronize specific folders and data on your devices to other devices and/or the cloud. Documents can be shared dynamically, accessed remotely and from multiple locations in a collaborative fashion. It’s important to consider that cloud sync is not the same as backup, as only the cloud sync folders are restorable.

What are the Next Steps?

If cloud backup offers the aforementioned advantages, then the next consideration becomes self-managed vs fully managed? While design and deploy consultation and technical support are always available for any cloud backup service, self-managed cloud back-up requires on-going IT resources and expertise to monitor and manage the solution. While ideal for businesses specializing in IT services themselves, this effort can be especially challenging when considering evolving best practices for administrating a hybrid of prem and Cloud based backups. Managed Cloud Backup offers the following:

  • Improved protection without additional resources: Delivering a turnkey, fully managed backup solution. Your environment monitored 24/7, all troubleshooting handled and business is contacted only if assistance is required. This permits IT to focus on core responsibilities and leave backup management to the provider.
  • Granular restoration and control: Requirements for multiple types of backup and restoral supported as well as individual designation for days to years of data retention.
  • Ongoing best practice support: Backup administration and management can be challenging in evolving or hybrid environments. Managed Cloud backup services utilize the latest best practices in backup implementation and 24x7x365 management
  • Peace of mind: Every business dreads the day they discover they don’t have backups in place or can’t restore them. With managed cloud backup, those worries cease to exist. With a trained backup specialist team supporting your business, you can focus on IT core competencies and delivering services to your customers.

Managed or Self-Managed Cloud Backup Options

Data backup, especially in a distributed and hybrid environment, can be a complex matter. Outdated or incomplete data backup programs can lead to increased vulnerability for the business and potentially compliance concerns. That’s why it’s never been more important to have a compliant and flexible Cloud backup plan to support the evolving data needs of today’s business. If you’re ready to put your organization, large or small, into a high state of data resiliency, we can help! Otava’a Managed Cloud Backup, powered by Veeam, provides a fully integrated, fast, and secure way to back up your data to Otava’s powerful private cloud, complete with 24/7 world-class support management. For those organizations looking for more control over their cloud backup solution and have the resources and talent to manage their backups on their own, Otava also offers Self-Managed Cloud Backup.

Related Blogs

Cloud Backup for Microsoft 365: According to Veeam research, a staggering 74 percent of Microsoft 365 users have no protection strategy – despite the fact that Microsoft 365 does not come with comprehensive or long-term backup.

Do You Have the Right Levels of DR and Backup for each Workload? An analysis of the value of each workload and its overall impact on the business, in the event of disruption or loss, is a critical precursor to determining the level of disaster recovery required.

Disaster Recovery Lessons We Can All Learn: Thanks to the cloud, disaster recovery has evolved from a complex beast that was difficult and expensive to manage into something a little simpler and tamer to handle.


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