The general rules of backing up your data aren’t complex. Make copies, keep them in different places, and ensure your process to use that copied data is relatively easy and fast. However, as businesses digitize more processes and as IT environments expand, executing a robust backup and recovery plan can become anything but simple. Fortunately, Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) providers are stepping up to meet the challenges of prioritizing simplicity in a world that is becoming increasingly complex every year.
While the trend of increased complexity continues, simple fixes are rising to the occasion. If you’re responsible for backup and disaster recovery for your business or for managed service clients, here are three trends that can help you do your job more easily and effectively in 2021:
Continuous Data Protection
Smaller windows of RPO/RTO are becoming more important than ever. Continuous data protection (CDP), sometimes also called continuous backup, backs up a system whenever you make a change instead of at scheduled time intervals like snapshot based solutions. An obvious advantage is that CDP has a recovery point objective of 0. That means that if disaster strikes, you have all of your data up until that point – you don’t have to go back and fill in missing data since the last backup.
It’s crucial, however, that you test recovery scenarios with your team or with your Disaster Recovery as a Service Partner. Watching your software produce green checkmarks that make you feel warm inside only gets you part of the way toward a robust and well-executed plan. The technology is getting better but practicing your events is the best step toward preparedness. Veeam will take it’s biggest strides in this category in 2021 with the release of v11.
Another Backup as a Service trend is tiered storage. You may be thinking that’s nothing new, but cloud solutions now move data automatically between tiers, eliminating manual work. For example, Veeam has expanded its Scale Out Backup Repository with its Performance and Capacity Tier and Move Policy with immutability, resilience, and recoverability options. Most recently, Veeam also added an Archive Tier to offload backups into long-term storage as well as Google Storage as an Object Storage Repository for the Capacity Tier.
The most significant benefit of tiered storage is cost savings because it gives you more control over the size of the data backups that you need to keep long term while still making data accessible when it’s needed.
Instant Database Recovery
Having a copy of your database has always been relatively easy to execute but ensuring that database can still be immediately accessible and useable is the new “must have” feature of great Backup and Recovery software. Watch for leading Disaster Recovery as a Service solutions to continue innovations around instant database recovery in the same way that instant VM recovery has been evolving. Specifically for the big DB players like Oracle and SQL, the play that Veeam and others are making is based on making a point-in-time state of a database instantly usable in another location or with your Cloud Service Provider.
Take a Deeper Dive into New Backup and Disaster Recovery Trends
With all of the challenges you and your business faced in 2020, you deserve 2021 to be a little easier. These three backup and disaster recovery trends are part of a broader initiative to increase the level of automation in BaaS and DRaaS solutions to save IT professionals time and headaches.
If you didn’t catch the huge sneak peek event we did with Veeam in early November (where we received over 300 questions related to backup & recovery!), check that out here: