Harnessing The Power Of Multi-Cloud Disaster Recovery
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Harnessing The Power Of Multi-Cloud Disaster Recovery

Gary Lim, Director Of Sales Engineering, Commvault
Gary Lim, Director Of Sales Engineering, Commvault

Gary Lim, Director Of Sales Engineering, Commvault

What would your organisation do if your cloud provider gets hacked and suffers a sudden power outage?When it comes to accountability, the Cloud Security Alliance reports that three in five organisations believetheir cloud service providers should be held responsible for a data breach. This widespread and troubling misconception points to an urgency for organisations to take ownership of their business-critical applications on the cloud.

As organisations send more and more data into the cloud and adopt multi-cloud strategies with solutions and services from a wide range of providers, the challenge of managing these environments also effectively increases. Disaster recovery (DR) in particular needs to be carefully considered.

According to 451 research, more than 90 percent of organisations in the Asia Pacific region already have multi-cloud environments with varying degrees of interoperability.

It’s clear why multi-cloud has taken off so rapidly in the region – organisations can take advantage of the ability to back up and replicate data across any number of different cloud vendors. Using multiple clouds for data protection also means that you can avoid ‘putting all of your eggs in one basket’ so to speak. It gives the organisation the ability to back up one cloud to another, between clouds, across clouds or within clouds. Multi-cloud DR, is therefore incredibly flexible.

 In today’s business environment where data is a mission critical asset, this CXO NSIGHTS flexibility has become essential to meet increasingly strict data compliance rules, combat ransomware and maintain business continuity. However, organisations should be mindful that flexibility is not the only thing they should seek for in a DR strategy.

 Lessons from real-world customers

 Poll results from a Commvault webinar on Cloud Disaster Recovery indicated that many organisations (33.6%) have multiple tiers of Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). The majority of respondents (36.4%) would prefer recovery time of four hours or less. However, in reality, recovery processes seldom go smoothly following an actual disaster. In order to achieve such ambitious RTOs, a DR solution must provide numerous automated features.

In addition, many organisations (37.5%) have multiple tiers of Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), reflecting that it is important to backup and replicate frequently as businesses simply cannot afford data loss. Flexibility is essential to meet these increasingly strict RTOs and RPOs, ensuring you can recover what you need, where you need to recover it and when you need to recover it.

While multi-cloud offers unprecedented levels of flexibility for DR, it also has the potential to vastly increase complexity. Many organisations face challenges of managing increasingly fragmented (and often multicloud located) data sets, causing loss of control of data access, usage and security. Unfortunately, whether or not an organisation has a clear picture of how to recover their data only becomes apparent when something goes wrong.

Organisations need to plan their strategy carefully and partner with a provider who can help to automate workflows and deliver the speed, agility and granularity necessary for DR in multi-cloud environments.

Multi-cloud for more than DR

It is also important to consider that recovering data is not just about a ‘disaster’. From lost or accidentally deleted files to ransomware, natural disasters and even internal threat factors, there are many things that can happen to your data. Organisations need granular recovery to the point that a single file can be recovered quickly and in isolation without the need to recover an entire system or virtual machine.

Certain elements such as policy-based automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other tools that watch for anomalies in the data infrastructure become critical to a successful multi-cloud DR plan. This is true for all levels of data recovery, from lost files to system recovery to full on disasters – the underlying technology and processes required are consistent.

Multi-cloud DR needs to start with the business goal in mind. It centres on strategy around data, including where it is kept, who has access to it, what dependencies exist around it and how it needs to be protected. It is not just about a solution or a piece of software, although this is a critical component in getting it right. Companies need a technology partner that understands the nature of their business’s data and what can go wrong. Moreover, organisations need a technology partner that can deliver and implement a solution that enables the business to leverage omnidirectional data recovery, from the cloud, to the cloud, in the cloud, across the cloud and between cloud regions. Here’s one more thing to add to your Gary Lim New Year wishlist for your bosses.

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