It is appalling to note that many organizations have very poor insight into their backup infrastructures or into their data protection strategies. The picture –at close quarters—is not very attractive. Backup infrastructures are not efficiently maintained or well managed. Most often, they are not even built on supporting technologies! So, very few enterprises are in a position to exploit the potential of their backup and fewer still are in a position to restore critical operational data quickly. Backup systems will deliver value if you tune up storage performance and adopt the latest technologies for backup.

In traditional storage systems, administrators have their work cut out removing bottlenecks and balancing workloads so that the different components of the storage system interact efficiently and deliver effectively. It is often a manual process. Storage tuning tools currently available in the market do not provide end-to-end view of how storage interacts with the storage network or how the servers use it. The process of correlating the information can be time consuming, error prone, and cannot be done in real time.

But, must you tolerate inefficiencies and hang on to traditional backup systems?

Cloud based storage infrastructures take away much of the pain associated with monitoring and fine tuning storage. Administrators, no longer need a team of specialists for configuring, provisioning and managing storage arrays or struggling with compliance mandates, disaster recovery or putting in place advanced storage specializations. Daily RAID configurations, performance tuning, device management, capacity management, remote replication or storage tiering vanish in public cloud deployments. Private cloud deployments merely move the skill pools to a different area.

As leading edge technologies are being deployed in the cloud, management of data centres and complexities of the management are being abstracted to the cloud vendor. The vendor takes care of the complexities involved in performance tuning physical and virtual servers and understanding the interactions between them. At the enterprise level, administrators with low-level skill sets can be deployed to routinely configure volume count, volume size or page size, while highly skilled administrators can be redeployed in more profitable areas of the business or can spend more time on business applications, business continuity and strategic IT planning and projects. User friendly reports are made available for correlating all information about virtual, physical or storage servers and end users can generate reports on server/network interactions and usage.

Moving your backup to the cloud will help you leverage virtual environments with guarantees of performance and availability. Your vendor will drive density optimization, make management easier and decrease costs while making backup performance their responsibility. What more can you ask for?