Getting the Most Out of Cloud Storage for Backups

Most IT professionals want to use cloud storage in hopes of reducing on-premises backup infrastructure costs. While most on-premises backup software solutions claim cloud support, how they implement that support can vary significantly from vendor to vendor.

Many backup software vendors can only mirror data to the cloud, basically a disaster recovery copy. But the mirroring approach does not reduce on-premises backup infrastructure. A new trend from backup software vendors is to archive older backup sets to the cloud, which should significantly reduce on-premises backup infrastructure since the only data required on-premises is the most recent backup copies. The problem is that many vendors backup via image backup so they can’t use the tiering feature as efficiently as organizations might hope.

In our latest white paper “It’s Not IF your Backup Software is Using Cloud Storage, It’s HOW!“, Storage Switzerland details the challenges backup vendors face when trying to leverage cloud storage and how backup solutions need to be architected to take full advantage of it.

To access the paper register for Storage Switzerland’s and Aparavi’s upcoming in-person presentation called, “Are you Treating Unstructured Data like a Second Class Citizen.” Attached to the presentation is the white paper, which you can download as soon as the webinar starts playing.

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George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer of StorONE. Prior to StorONE, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland, which StorONE acquired in March of 2020. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, SAN, Virtualization, Cloud, and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection.

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