Hybrid IT means that data is both on-premises and in the cloud. Increasingly it also means that IT needs to distribute data across multiple sites within the organization and move data between various cloud providers. Hybrid IT is an attempt to empower the organization to be “data-driven,” so it can capture new insights from data and deliver better outcomes.
Our on demand webinar “Overcoming the Four Data Protection Challenges of Hybrid IT” covers how Hybrid IT puts even more stress on an already stressed data protection architecture. It is critical that IT prepares and adapts their data protection strategy to meet these new challenges. This webinar gives IT planners key steps to take to ensure their data protection process is ready for Hybrid IT.
#1 Don’t Forget About On-Premises Data
As IT planners move to protect Hybrid IT, they commonly make two mistakes. The first is forgetting about the needs of on-premises applications and data. The reality is that most organizations move slowly to the cloud or multi-site applications. The slow pace of migration means that traditional on-premises applications and data continue to increase in size and its criticality to the organization becomes even more critical in the future.
There is also the genuine possibility that some applications migrated to the cloud may move back because the application does not perform as well in the cloud as initially expected. IT needs a way to move this data back and resume on-premises data protection.
#2 Don’t Assume that the Cloud Means Auto-protection
The second mistake to avoid is overlooking configuration of cloud data protection. Many organizations are under the impression that the cloud automatically protects data once an application and its data are in the cloud. While most cloud providers provide some form of snapshots and replication, the triggering of those snapshots and replication to other regions requires configuration.
There is also value in a stand-alone copy of data, instead of a snapshot, which is dependent on the original data volume remaining intact. Creating a separate point in time copy is just as valuable for cloud-based data as it is for on-premises data.
It is also essential to protect Software as a Service (SaaS) applications like Office 365, G-Suite and Salesforce.com data. While these services also offer some necessary data protection capabilities, those features are to protect themselves, not necessarily their customers. IT needs to make sure it has a copy of this data preferably stored in an alternate location other than the cloud.
Hybrid IT is a reality. Data and applications are everywhere and can move between locations quickly. A Hybrid IT initiative places new pressures on data protection and organizations need to make sure that their data protection strategy is up to the challenge. That strategy, however, can’t be solely focused on the cloud. On-Premises applications will continue to be critical for a long time. Additionally, IT cannot assume that once it moves an application to the cloud or replaces it with a cloud-based service, that data protection is no longer their responsibility.
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