Hybrid Cloud backups target small and medium businesses with business continuity solutions. How effective are these solutions? Is it a reliable way for end users to backup their data securely and recover the same in the face of disaster? Here are a few answers.
Initial investments for setting up hybrid Clouds are low. Existing hardware can be redeployed to form the private Cloud and vendor hardware can be harnessed to provide the infrastructure for the public Cloud. Hybrid Clouds combine private and public Cloud models to deliver a solution that optimizes on the benefits of both. The “private” part of the hybrid Cloud is generally deployed, managed and maintained by the enterprise at a huge capital expense. The “public” part is managed by a third party Cloud backup service provider and is often an operational expense. The two Clouds may or may not interact. If interaction is intended, the process is managed with complex access configurations and elaborate security protocols. The purpose is to ensure that mission-critical data is locally available and can be wholly, granularly controlled by the organization for instant recovery and limited access.
The Hybrid Cloud backup vendor’s software is built to accommodate the needs of the private and the public halves of the enterprise Cloud deployment. The primary benefit is derived from the fact that application development and maintenance is abstracted to the Cloud vendor. The same software can be used to create both a local copy and a Cloud backup of the enterprise data. The local backup device connects to the network and may even act as the staging point for de-duplication, compression and encryption of the data before transmission to the local disk or the remote disk in the Cloud backup data center. The processes may be unique to each vendor and may be customized to suit the needs of the enterprise.
Hybrid Cloud backup solutions provide organizations an assurance of business continuity. The solution places the right tools and procedures in place and equips the enterprise with the necessary wherewithal to handle disaster scenarios. Organizations with short recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) can make use of local copies of the data to recover information post disaster—manmade or otherwise. In the event of a devastating local server room disaster, where local copies of the data cannot be recovered, the enterprise can connect to the Cloud database over the Internet using any kind of device and continue with their business, while restoration operations are in progress at the data center.