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Webinar Summary: How Cloud Storage Lowers Costs and Increases Data Protection

Cloud | Posted on October 23, 2017 by Arun Kirupananthan

Data is now the world’s most valuable resource – the new oil that is driving global economy and business decisions everywhere. It is the lifeblood of your business’s competitive advantage, and must always be accessible and protected. Yet the schemas traditionally responsible for backing up and protecting your data now represent an ever-increasing expense for your organization. They hinder modernization, reduce agility, and impede the abilities of your IT teams.

In our recent webinar, we explain how you can solve this problem by moving data to the public cloud. This simple process will modernize your IT systems and reduce your costs by up to 67%.

Watch “Protect. Archive. Recover. How Cloud is lowering the TCO of Storage” below:

Failures of traditional backup systems

Many organizations depend on a traditional backup and protection system, whereby they store data on physical drives, USBs, and tapes at a secure off-site location. In the event of a data loss, you must retrieve these drives to restore files to a certain point in the past. A poll conducted during our webinar showed that 43% of attendees, a clear majority, were using such a system.

This presents your company with a unique set of problems. By design, the system can only restore files to the moment that they were saved. This means that your data after that point up to the time of system failure is lost for good.

More and more you need vast amounts of storage to backup data on a daily basis. Over a six-month period, a traditional system will require 38 times the storage capacity of the data set you need for production. This means you end up spending at least 10 times more on your protection layer than your production layer.

It bears mentioning that traditional data storage systems will not save your unstructured data. Moreover, more and more organizations are now adopting hybrid IT. Here, you need the protection of physical, virtual, and cloud applications. Traditional systems do not offer this level of protection.

Enter the Cloud

An increasing number of companies have begun to realize the need to change the status quo, and have found the most effective solution for cloud-based data backup and protection. A majority of people polled in our webinar, 44%, said their companies were in the testing phase of cloud adoption, while 11% were already running production applications. Another 44% also declared that they would like to speed up their adoption of the cloud.

Why seek shelter in the cloud?

There are some key reasons behind this paradigm shift towards the cloud, and all of them are helpful to your organization. The cloud reduces the cost and complexity of backup and protection, as your files are no longer stored on disks. Instead, your data is automatically backed up to the cloud at set intervals, where it is protected by a suite of security applications.

This makes your platform reliable and efficient. Automation eliminates user error and reduces the time you need for system management. It also offers you superior agility, allowing your company to restore to a previous point without any significant data loss.

A cloud full of savings 

Moving to the cloud will also help you save on both capital and operating expenditures. Recently, Softchoice helped a customer slash their data backup and protection spending from $400,000 to around $112,000 over a five-year period. Their total cost of ownership reduced by 73.4%, while their capital expenditure reduced by 81.6%. The total investment paid for itself in less than eight months.

Meanwhile, storage at a provider like AWS will cost you only fractions of a penny per gigabyte for long-term retention. In the past eight years, AWS has reduced prices 60 different times. You can also engage top-of-the-line protection affordably with Veritas Technologies since their entire platform for S3 cloud storage is pay-per-use.

A cloud that protects

The cloud offers you an environment secured by numerous applications. It protects your backups with encryption, automated log management and monitoring, access control and extensive authentication capabilities. AWS is a perfect example of this top-notch cloud security. It released over 1,200 new updates in 2016 alone, and a majority of them were security-related. Storage-wise, AWS offers you 11 lines of durability, which equates to the loss of two sites at the same time. It even adds a customizable encryption strategy to all of your backups for a bullet-proof cloud.

Two truths about hybrid IT

A cloud-based hybrid IT platform can significantly modernize your data backup and protection systems. But the platform also has a few limitations as far as backups are concerned. First, all of your production workloads cannot go to the public cloud, as legacy applications need to be modernized before they can be transferred. But you can still leverage the cloud for the protection and availability of your applications.

Second, you still have to protect workloads that move to the cloud and keep them available. For example, you do not get automatic file protection by moving to Office 365. Microsoft clearly states that you are responsible for protecting your data in the cloud. Veritas offers you this protection in one easy step by harnessing information from the cloud and from physical and virtual servers.

Our cloud – An umbrella of advantages for you

In all, a move to the cloud will give your organization tangible benefits and a strategic advantage in today’s marketplace.

Softchoice has years of expertise developing hybrid IT solutions. We design custom programs to meet your financial, business and technical needs and ensure ongoing support for your storage management. We’re also focused on optimizing your costs, and work to reduce the cost of your individual protection layers.

If you would like to learn more about how Softchoice, AWS and Veritas can help – talk to a storage expert today.

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