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Protecting Data in Multi-Cloud Environments

Author: Tom Smith, Account Executive/Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Categories: Security Services

In a previous post, we discussed how the latest version of the Veeam Availability Suite (VAS) is making it possible to centrally manage backups for all types of workloads — virtual, physical and cloud — from a single console. Of particular interest to many organizations will be the ability to use VAS 9.5 Update 3 to protect data and applications across multiple cloud services.

Organizations of all sizes across all industries are increasingly employing a multi-cloud strategy, leveraging multiple clouds at the same time to enable workload-specific services, improve data redundancy and availability, and avoid vendor lock-in. However, they too often fail to develop any kind of coherent strategy for protecting data and applications across all the clouds they are using.

According to the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report, 85 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. On average, organizations are using 1.8 public clouds while experimenting with 1.8 more, and leveraging 2.3 private clouds while experimenting with 2.1 more.

While the multi-cloud strategy has undeniable benefits, it can create significant data protection issues if left unchecked.  The ease of cloud provisioning can lead to cloud sprawl, with data scattered across various platforms and no central oversight. Uncertainty about the migration and management of data from one cloud to another dramatically increases the potential for data loss.

By some accounts, more than half of all data now being creating is flowing into the cloud — and much of that is sensitive and business-critical data. As such, data protection must be an important part of any cloud strategy. Organizations can’t depend upon the snapshot-only technology offered through most cloud providers. They require application-aware backups with application-consistent restores that support other initiatives such as disaster recovery (DR), business continuity, and test and development.

Veeam enables backup and DR for any app and any data on any cloud with availability solutions that are seamlessly integrated with leading cloud providers. Veeam’s Backup & Replication product, another part of the VAS suite, simplifies the process by allowing you to manage workloads from all public, private and hybrid clouds from a single console.

VAS also enables organizations to send backups from multiple cloud locations to either cloud or onsite archives. Many organizations use this solution to act as a DR service provider for internal customers and branch locations by delivering a range of offsite backup and replication services within the company. Cross-cloud replication is particularly useful for replicating and migrating “born in the cloud” apps and data across cloud regions or data centers to maintain business continuity.

In addition, Veeam helps organizations get more functionality from their data backups. With Veeam On-Demand Sandbox you can use backup data to quickly create an isolated, exact copy of your production environment for data mining, development, testing and training. Veeam also enables proactive monitoring and alerting of potential issues, so you can address them before they have an impact on your business. Monitoring capabilities can be used to save money and time in planning future compute and storage capacity requirements.

There are sound business reasons for implementing a multi-cloud strategy. However, the potential for unchecked cloud sprawl can create data security and integrity issues. Unmanaged or unmonitored workloads create a higher risk for data loss and downtime. With Veeam’s comprehensive approach to cloud data protection, organizations can simplify backup and replication processes and continue to achieve significant benefits from a well-managed cloud strategy.


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