Cloud Backup and Recovery Solutions
More Uptime with Cloud Continuity for Any Workload
Cloud backup is no longer simple. Employees are adopting cloud solutions faster than IT departments can keep up. Public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are becoming a common fixture in the business data landscape. Organizations are shifting quickly from on-premises applications to SaaS, like Office 365, and learning that data born in the cloud still needs backup.
Data is everywhere, spread across multiple sites and clouds, and IT organizations need cloud solutions to protect all of it. Cloud backup might include replicating data to the cloud, using a hybrid cloud backup appliance, or a cloud backup service built for SaaS applications. But how do you choose?
With the proliferation of easy-to-use cloud solutions, cloud backup presents a set of challenges for IT administrators. What can seem like simple cost savings can turn into time-consuming complexity and islands of unprotected data. Fortunately, a little upfront planning can transform cloud backup headaches to cloud solutions that work for your business.
Cloud Backup for All Workloads
The first step to the right cloud backup is to take inventory of all the cloud solutions your business uses and determine which ones need protection. Don’t forget to include public clouds, like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, as well as SaaS like Microsoft Office 365 in your inventory. Then, take a look at on-premises data and applications and determine what workloads need cloud backup. Critical applications may require operation in the cloud in the event of disaster, and industry regulations may require data sets to be archived long-term.
Cloud Solutions that Work for You
When moving to the cloud, many businesses start by simply replicating on-premises data for cloud backup. Both Unitrends Backup software and Recovery Series appliances provide easy and automated cloud backup with a self-service console for restoring files from multiple cloud backup vendors, including the Unitrends Cloud. But organizations should also consider additional ways to get maximum value from cloud solutions. Do your critical business applications need nearly 100% uptime? Unitrends Elite DRaaS includes a 24-hour recovery SLA and Premium DRaaS includes a 1-hour recovery SLA. Have your DR plans been tested and proven? Unitrends Recovery Assurance delivers automated testing and proof of RPOs and RTOs, both locally and in the cloud. Does your industry have regulations for data retention? Unitrends Forever Cloud makes it easy to meet compliance requirements. Is your business ready for backup that’s more than just an insurance policy? Unitrends offers instant lab spin-up for testing, data analysis, and dev sandboxes.
Public Cloud Backup
These days, cloud solutions for most IT organizations include public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. To make public cloud work for you, consider your organization’s Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and don’t forget to calculate cloud costs. Choose a backup solution that integrates with the public cloud of your choice and reduces management time and headache. If you’re using public clouds for disaster recovery, look for backup software that automates cloud failover and failback, which can save your business a ton on licensing fees and administrative hours.
As many organizations shift from on-premises applications like Microsoft Exchange to cloud-based SaaS applications like Exchange Online, more and more data lives in the cloud. The increased efficiency and accessibility makes this shift worth it for many organizations, but too often IT administrators don’t realize the need for SaaS and cloud backup. Data is lost in the cloud due to ransomware and other issues, and SaaS providers don’t backup data for you. Purpose-built, cloud-based SaaS backup like Spanning Backup for Office 365 provides automatic, hands-off backup for your business’s SaaS data.
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Unitrends has more recommended backup, recovery, and continuity models than other vendors combined