Top 5 benefits of hybrid cloud (D2D2C) backup

Andrew Tabona

Hybrid cloud backup (or Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud) combines your existing on-premise infrastructure with cloud-based storage, giving you a highly efficient, scalable and affordable data backup and recovery system.

Hybrid cloud backup adoption is growing year-on-year; a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider jumping onto the hybrid cloud backup bandwagon.

1. Enhanced Redundancy

Hybrid cloud backup solutions offer enhanced redundancy from two points of view.

First, the fact that you have a local disk or tape backup as well as the same backup stored in the cloud, means you can fall-back to either option when one is not available.

Second, the data centre that hosts the cloud backup itself usually utilizes fully redundant architecture that offers over 99.99% uptime.

2. Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Because you don’t have to be concerned with additional long-term hardware costs, maintenance costs, and operating costs, the TCO of your backup infrastructure is reduced when you use a hybrid cloud backup solution.

The pay-as-you-go pricing model that cloud backup offers means you can take full control of your monthly costs. And when it comes to scalability? Easy. Increasing storage capacity is often as simple as making a phone call or clicking a few buttons.

3. Speedy Recovery

It is often thought that a hybrid cloud backup solution is slow. It’s not, especially with the sophisticated data compression and deduplication mechanisms in place these days. With the ability to backup only the data blocks that have changed, the cloud backup solution ensures that only the data that needs to be sent or received makes it across the wire.

MAXBackup will automatically select the fastest recovery method (local or cloud) and has a proven track record of backing up and recovering up to 300GB per hour (or approximately 7.2TB per day).

4. Improved Availability

When disaster strikes, getting quick access to the backed up data is crucial. If you use only D2D or D2D2T your data is probably stored locally within the office or off-site at a third party. This may require physical intervention to initiate the recovery process, which could cause a delay.

With a cloud-based storage solution, the data is instantly available for recovery from anywhere to anywhere. All you need is an Internet connection.

5. Better Adherence to Compliance and Security Regulations

Compliance regulations such as HIPAA, SOX, and PCI all require data to be backed up in a secure manner and available for recovery for given durations of time. A hybrid cloud backup solution allows you to do this. Strong encryption algorithms (e.g. 448-bit blowfish) and the almost infinite capacity and lifetime of data stored in the cloud give you the means to “store and forget”.

Conclusion

Hybrid cloud offers a bigger, better, faster, cheaper option that gives you peace of mind and increased flexibility when it comes to data backup and recovery. The whole point of hybrid cloud backup is to utilize the best of both worlds.

If you are still a little sceptical, I challenge you to give hybrid cloud backup a go for a few months. This will give you first-hand experience and allow you to assess the benefits for yourself before making a decision.