It’s a valid question. After all, use of the cloud as part of a backup and recovery strategy comes with the reliability and speed of modern Internet connections, the high availability of cloud storage and compute, and the associated security needed to protect your customer’s most important data, applications, and systems. All this makes backing up to – and recovering from – the cloud an extremely viable option for your customers.
So, in a world where the cloud can actually deliver on what it promises, should everything go to the cloud?
Before I jump into this, please keep in mind, this is most definitely not a “bashing the cloud” blog – it’s quite the contrary. The cloud has moved backup and recovery forward like no technology and is not just a viable option for backup and recovery, but is a necessity. So this blog is more about, perhaps, going a little too much to the cloud, and thinking on-premises isn’t even needed anymore.
It’s tempting to simply go all-in with the cloud as your backup repository and recovery target. But it doesn’t necessarily mean leaving on-premises completely out of the picture is a good idea for every one of your customers. Here are a few reasons why:
The reality is that in order to provide recovery of every data set, system, and application, in the face of each possible disaster from which you wish to protect your customers, you’re going to need a hybrid mix of on-premises and cloud-based storage and recovery options.
Putting the cloud up on a high pedestal is probably warranted with the capabilities available today in backup and recovery. But don’t count out on-premises; it has a place in your protection strategy, ensuring your customers always have the best coverage possible.