Organizations looking to adopt a Hybrid IT strategy are facing new challenges when it comes to protecting these environments. The single biggest challenge is that the application and its data can be on-premises or in the cloud without the data protection team knowing when the data was moved. Another challenge is new applications and workloads can start almost instantly, without notification.
In Storage Switzerland’s on-demand webinar, “5 Key Trends That Could Challenge Your Data Protection Plan in 2018”, we discuss Hybrid IT and alert IT professionals to the potential impact on the data protection process.
Legacy data protection solutions depend on data stay relatively stagnant, but today applications and data are on the move. Backup applications need to have the ability to “follow the application” and its associated data. This means that protection needs to not only be on-premises but also in the cloud. Organizations can’t assume that just because an application is in the cloud that the cloud provider automatically protects it. Cloud service providers only protect applications to protect themselves not necessarily their customers.
Modern data protection applications also need to be aware of new instances of applications or workloads created on the fly, without notification to the backup team. Applications need the ability to monitor storage systems, volumes and cloud accounts to detect a new data set and then associate that data set with its creator.
Hybrid IT offers enormous potential to the organization, but organizations that adopt it need to be aware of how Hybrid IT may break the data protection process. IT professionals need to either take steps to safeguard against these pitfalls or they need to identify new applications that are Hybrid IT ready.