Multi-Cloud Data Protection

Posted by Tony Ocampo on Dec 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Organizations today have a multi-cloud presence. By that, I mean that on-premises data centers are no longer the standard in IT. Businesses require application mobility to meet the ever-increasing demand for data and information at light speeds, and thus it is very typical for an organization to have several deployments of multi-cloud data centers to fit these demands and needs. Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Unified Communications as a Service, Edge, and IoT Computing are just a few of the potential multi-cloud deployments, on top of the on-premises and co-located data centers in different regions and geo-locations. 

In short, multi-cloud is a strategy that many organizations employ to give them the operational efficiencies needed to meet specific outcomes.

Ever wonder how you would protect your organization’s multi-cloud data? Now more than ever, it is a certainty that crises involving ransomware, natural disasters, human error, and a variety of failures can cripple the interconnected multi-cloud. Data protection, disaster recovery, and cyber recovery require a dedicated strategy. In the past, a single on-premises data center sufficed as a centralized backup system for all the applications and data and a secondary site for disaster recovery—you were pretty much set. 

In a multi-cloud situation, you have several architectural differences, and data protection needs to align accordingly. Backup and restore techniques in an on-premises data center might not work in an Infrastructure as a Service/Public Cloud data center. SaaS providers will more than likely require customers to use only the provider’s strategy. Cyber recovery and disaster recovery would probably not be the responsibility of the provider, but solely the ownership of the customer. All these disparate and sometimes disjointed protection schemes are daunting.

Here is the bad news: Ransomware has been known to dwell in the victim’s environment for several days and weeks, allowing it to study the organization’s workflows and understand the data protection and backup strategies. When it’s time to hatch the attack, it goes for your multi-cloud data, applications, and systems—all at the cost of the customer rather than the different multi-cloud vendors and providers.

I talk to a lot of customers about their multi-cloud strategies, and they all meet the needs of the organization. However, they sometimes fail to meet the customer’s data protection needs. It’s a guarantee: Data and application failure happens. There is no doubt that it will happen to your organization at some point—no ifs and buts, just when. However, failure to plan for a multi-cloud protection and recovery strategy makes the risk to your organization that much greater and, eventually, more painful to endure. It’s important that you partner with a multi-cloud provider, like ConvergeOne, whose designs include a multi-cloud protection and recovery strategy. 



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Topics: Cloud, Security, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Cyber Recovery