Cloud backup and recovery is no longer an option. It has become a necessity. Your growth path may be determinant upon how quickly and how effectively you learn to ride the cloud and connect up disparate units of your enterprise.  But, before you purchase a cloud backup solution, you must know what you need for the purchase. Here are a few useful tips for you:

Your enterprise may be using multiple operating systems, application processing tiers, databases, middleware or homegrown software and technology stacks. You may be planning to connect to the remote cloud backup and recovery data management system from a variety of devices–laptops, desktops, mobiles and servers. It is therefore, imperative that your cloud backup and recovery service must provide you with broad platform support. The support must extend to support for all kinds computing environments such as data servers, application servers, Mail servers, virtual servers or replication servers.  The system should be capable of managing the diverse environments and the life cycle of the data being deposited into the cloud backup and recovery servers from the different connections from a centralized console.

Source based deduplication is desirable. This ensures that there is a low backup overhead and bandwidth usage is optimized across systems connecting to the network for cloud backup and recovery.

The ultimate aim of Cloud backup and recovery is to provide unified continuity and recovery management. The system must provide for continuous data protection and replication with global management of information for distributed environments.  Geographically dispersed replication servers for high availability of information is a must.

Data secured in cloud backup and recovery servers is valuable if it can be restored to the local data center within the desired time to recover specified by the enterprise. Restore options must include facilities for bare metal restore to similar or dissimilar hardware. Block level; image level; File level; message level restores must be wholly possible.

A very useful feature in Cloud backup and recovery is Disk-to-disk-to-cloud. The cloud backup and recovery software must support this for first level seeding of information in the cloud or for storing data locally before vaulting it to the cloud.

Data archival should be part of the data life cycle management features provided with the cloud backup and recovery system.

Finally, the cloud backup vendor should be proactively conscious of future market shifts and must constantly update the software to meet the emerging demands of the market. For instance, the shift from tape to disk should be factored in and support for tape-to-disk-to-cloud should be facilitated.