Amidst all the hype about Cloud backup and recovery technology and the problems it can solve is the realization that there are no new problems—only new technologies that solve old problems. If you are yet to acknowledge this fact, it is time you did. The eternal IT problems make a very short list:
- Data life cycle management
- Data availability
- Disaster recovery
- Data accessibility
- Data Portability
- Data security
Data life cycle management problems include management and availability of active / archived data. Cloud backup software can be configured to identify and classify data on the basis of time stamps and versioning. Older data can be automatically archived and transferred to cheaper storage media, while active data can be retained on local and remote disk drives for instant access.
Data can be made available and recoverable by combining high availability protocols with disaster recovery systems. Cloud backup services use mirroring and replication services to ensure that data is available in more than one data repository arranged in failover clusters and accessible with least amount of latency in delivery. Data portability is made possible with platform independence and application independence. Further, efforts are being made to ensure that data is also portable from one Cloud service provider to another.
The Cloud provides a layered security for data. Data is encrypted in flight and at rest. User management protocols are enforced to allow only access to authorized and authenticated users. User access logs, event alerts and alarms are some of the inbuilt systems that can be used by administrators to track user activity and react to any unusual activities that may occur on the network.
Cloud data backup and recovery systems are constructs that take into consideration the compliance requirements of their clients. Data life cycle management, data portability, data security, user management, etc. are some of the features of the Cloud that are in synchronization with compliance requirements of extant legal mandates.
However, it should be remembered that there can be no standard technology fit for all types of organizations. Some organizations may need to use a Private Cloud; others may have the freedom to select a Public Cloud. Most organizations will have to settle for a judicious combination of Public and Private Clouds to meet their needs. Each organization must evolve a “best fit” new technology model that solves their most common old problems.
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