Data loss or a disruption in service can cause quite a few headaches for your business.  So having a good backup strategy is critical.   However, there are factors that need to be considered when deciding where to backup your data and where to replicate the backups.  In most cases. you will keep some copies of your backups locally for quick restores.  However, for any disaster recovery a copy of the backups needs to be offsite.

When considering Cloud Storage there are a few options. The two most often considered are Microsoft Azure or Private Cloud.  This blog will outline each option and some things to consider in deciding on which is best for your organization.

Microsoft Azure

  • There are recurring costs to maintain data, however, there are no location facilities concerns; Microsoft handles all of the infrastructure.
  • There is a cost for egress from the cloud. Large amounts of data are often better handled via physical shipping of drives to your location: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-import-export-service
  • Your data is more secure from an attack since it isn’t really under direct control in the event of a security compromise. Additionally, Microsoft has a very robust security strategy and is staffed with a solid team of security professionals.
  • Backing up to Azure may require an increase of internet connectivity to support the process depending on the size of the backup data and your current bandwidth.

Private Cloud (datacenter that you own)

  • A Private Cloud could be a branch office, another plant, a sister or daughter company or any other site that you have good WAN connectivity to.
  • This strategy requires storage to store the backups, plus possibly connectivity, power, cooling and space. Any or all of these may need to be increased to support your needs as your data backups grow over time.
  • Your Private Cloud is still somewhat vulnerable to being vandalized and/or cyber-attacks.
  • If you are using a deduplication appliance like an ExaGrid, this strategy could be as simple as adding one to the second site and enabling replication between them.

Most backup software can be configured to use either of these options as a secondary backup location.  Installing a copy of the backup application near the data can allow easier restoration in the event of a total primary site failure.

Veeam Backup and Replication has typically used cloud connect providers that specifically provide storage space for Veeam backups.  However, running a small server in Azure that can share storage via SMB and allowing the Veeam server access is a simple way to get backups replicated to cloud storage

Veritas Backup Exec can natively connect to Azure cloud storage or it can also connect to a SMB share that is available in that environment.

In a private cloud scenario you will most likely be writing your backups to SMB shares as well.  If you are considering a cloud backup strategy and need assistance evaluating your options or implementing the process, email us at info@peters.com.  We are happy to help!