Why Is Cloud Backup So Hot? Six Lofty Reasons

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Cloud storage is an everyday thing for many consumers, what with Google Drive, Apple Cloud, Microsoft OneDrive and more. On the backup side, there’s an array of consumer services, and some of the more primary storage solutions can be maneuvered into serving as backup.

Businesses looking for backup need heartier solutions. And for years that answer was tape backup.

1. Tape Stinks and It’s Time for a Better Solution

In the early days of computer backup, way back in the 1950s, tape was all the rage. Later, there were even devices that would store data on VCR and the old Commodore 64 used audio cassettes. Anyone with an old VHS, 8-track or cassette collection knows just how unreliable and sketchy these tapes can be. They break, degrade and are easily damaged.

The same is true for even the most expensive tape subsystems. Tape is simply not reliable. And due the cost of the media, hardware and management requirements, tape is neither cheap nor easy.

Nor is it fast. Tape is a slow process, stretching out your backup windows. No big deal? To the contrary. These long windows means your backups are likely not current, so there will be data loss when it comes to restore.

Here are other reasons tape is so prone to failure:

  • Backing up to tape is a manually-intensive process, subject to human error. IT must adhere to pre-set backup schedules, and afterwards handle the tapes properly. These tapes can be damaged, lost or stolen.
  • Software issues can damage or corrupt the data on the tape. This problem is often not discovered till it comes to time to restore. That’s because too few shops test their tapes for data integrity and the ability to restore.
  •  We mentioned that tape is inherently fragile. It is not really a question of if tape will fail, but when.
  • Tape is a linear format. That makes partial restores slow because you can’t just hunt down the needed data. Even worse, if a portion of the data is destroyed or corrupted, it can ruin the ability to restore from the entire tape, or in some cases other tapes that are logically related to the damaged tape.
  • Finally the tape subsystem hardware can fail, and if it is an older unit, can be difficult to replace. This means you might not be able to get the same media form factor and file format.

2. The Cloud Takes the Guesswork Out of Backup

On-premises backup, either tape or disk, takes a lot of planning, manual intervention, management and troubleshooting.

The cloud essentially removes all that complexity.

Once you have established a relationship with a cloud backup provider, decided what you want to backup, the backup schedule, and what your restoration requirements are, the provider takes it from there. They make sure the backups are done on schedule and done right.

3. Reliability

Tape, and even disk-based backup and recovery, are prone to failure. In contrast, cloud backup providers are 100% dedicated to backup reliability and security. They try to pick the best hardware, equip it with the best software, set proper policies, and lock it down with security solutions and hire experienced security pros.

And with the cloud it is far easier to test restores so you’ll know they’ll work when you need them. All you do is download your data to an in-house storage array and see if that data is clean and current.

4. Data Disaster Recovery

The cloud helps enable higher level restoration solutions such as disaster recovery for your data. In the event of a catastrophic event, such as hurricane, flood or fire, your on-premises storage or backup can be destroyed. The cloud backup site is nowhere near these tragic events so your data is safe and secure. When it comes to time to get back to business you can start by restoring business critical data first, and less important items later.

5. Business Continuity

Related to data disaster recovery is business continuity. Here, you want data either restored very quickly, or made constantly available even in the event of a major technical issue or disaster. With a cloud solution, you can set up high-speed links to your data, set more frequent backups with smaller intervals between them, and make either all your data or just the most critical pieces available even while the root cause issues are still being resolved.

6. Manageability

As much as it seems that in-house systems are easier to manage, that is not always the case. Backup can be intensely complex. The makes it hard to keep backups current and to restore the data you need quickly and precisely.  The right cloud backup solution makes it easy to do this work by letting IT and service providers easily manage the machines under their control, monitor service levels, and set alerts and storage quotas.

Introducing Kaseya Cloud Backup for VSA

Despite the advantages of cloud backup, for many IT shops and MSPs, it isn’t just a either/or  choice between on-premises or cloud backup and recovery.  There are times when you want an on-premises approach, times when you want to back up to the cloud, and times when you want to do both.

That’s why Kaseya has introduced Kaseya Cloud Backup, powered by Acronis.  With Kaseya Cloud , you can back up and recover every machine you manage on-premises or to the cloud – all from one place.

Backup Anything.  Anywhere. Recover Any Way.

Kaseya Cloud Backup delivers the power of the world’s fastest backup solution integrated into your daily operations through Kaseya VSA. Back up anything and everything ― servers, workstations, disk images, files, folders, and more.

Fast and Flexible Disaster Recovery

Back up entire machines to ISO to recover them instantly (including recovering all VMs), or backup volumes, directories, and individual files for more specific, efficient protection. Mix and match to provide cost-effective, protective services that meet all your needs or the needs of your clients.

Store Backups on Your Cloud or Ours

Store your backups to local storage, network storage, your own cloud storage and/or competitively priced cloud storage available through Kaseya Cloud Backup.  If you choose the offsite backup through Kaseya’s cloud, you won’t have to lift a finger to support or manage the infrastructure.

The Power of Integration with Kaseya VSA

By leveraging the power of Kaseya VSA with Kaseya Cloud Backup, you can quickly define backup policies by organization, machine group, or device type.  Create as many policies as you need to simplify managing the backup requirements of the entire set of infrastructures under your control, and ensure you are meeting all compliance procedures.  Changes in standard policy procedures can be applied to multiple machines and environments with a few simple clicks. In addition, you can create policies in VSA to automatically restart failed backups, shut down machines prior to backing up, and many other problems that commonly occur during routine backup processes.  Your sysadmins and technicians can spend more time on strategic projects versus manually running and rechecking backup processes.

Simple, comprehensive dashboards, alerting systems, and flexible reports mean that you and your staff always have real-time insight into the status of all backup activities.

VSA Cloud offers benefits to IT and service providers alike. Managed Service Providers, for instance, can increase their service portfolio by offer multiple flavors backup and recovery to existing and new clients – and have the added value of integrated security and management. With the richness of the solution service providers and can set and meet SLAs for backup windows and speed and freshness of recovery.

VSA Cloud offers benefits to IT and service providers alike. Managed Service Providers, for instance, can increase their service portfolio by offer multiple flavors backup and recovery to existing and new clients – and have the added value of integrated security and management. With the richness of the solution service providers and can set and meet SLAs for backup windows and speed and freshness of recovery.

Learn more about how Kaseya Cloud Backup can help your company.

Posted by Doug Barney
Doug Barney was the founding editor of Redmond Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, Redmond Developer News and Virtualization Review. Doug also served as Executive Editor of Network World, Editor in Chief of AmigaWorld, and Editor in Chief of Network Computing.
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