According to the 2021 State of the Cloud Report, the pandemic has accelerated the already healthy rate of cloud adoption, with 29% of companies using cloud more than they had planned to previously. The report found that 31% of companies are investing more than $12 million in the public cloud per year.
This upward trend in cloud use, combined with the embrace of cloud-first strategies, shows that organizations are operating in a cloud era. Companies are rethinking their technology strategies to find new ways to solve business problems using the unique properties of cloud models and services.
Because the cloud era coincides with the always-on culture, and staying available means promoting data resiliency, businesses need to figure out what data resiliency means for cloud users.
Why Data Resiliency Matters
In this always-on culture, clients and customers expect your company to be available at any time and accessible from any place. The pandemic has put extra pressure on businesses, as customers rely even more heavily on online services for everything they need. Organizations also need to avoid downtime so remote workers can stay connected to access critical data and applications.
While organizations used to be satisfied with availability rates of 99.999%, now they are striving for even higher rates that will guarantee seamless business continuity. If customers can’t access your company, they may see you as unreliable and turn to a competitor instead.
Data resiliency is your company’s ability to recover quickly from an interruption to your data center caused by a power outage, natural disaster, or equipment failure. The goal is to achieve fast recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) so that your data is complete, current, and accurate, with minimum downtime to normal business operations.
Data Resiliency in the Cloud
Data resiliency is achieved through backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and replication. Operating in the cloud era means companies are turning to the cloud for these capabilities.
Working with multicloud and hybrid cloud environments allows organizations to back up and recover data while avoiding the risk of losing on-site backups, as well as the labor and expense of building a secondary data center.
Not only can your business utilize cloud resources for backups, but cloud infrastructure can also be utilized to help orchestrate environments to sync backups across data centers and achieve automatic failover after an outage. Additionally, replication between the cloud and on-premises data centers or disparate clouds can be leveraged for disaster recovery and data resiliency purposes.
Cloud Resiliency Solutions
When leveraging the cloud for data resiliency, your business doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Cloud data resiliency solutions are already on the market from leading technology companies.
Commvault provides automatic failover and direct recovery of an entire virtual machine to the public cloud.
Rubrik offers complete cloud integration and replication to the cloud for data protection that is scalable to thousands of workloads.
Veritas delivers enterprise-level data resiliency for multicloud environments and container workloads.
These data resiliency solutions take advantage of analytics for intelligent data protection and provide options for different types of cloud environments.
Bounce Back Instead of Falling Down
The Uptime Institute reported that outages are occurring frequently, causing more damage and becoming increasingly expensive — all the more reason to take advantage of cloud data resiliency.
Why wait for the inevitable outage when cloud data resiliency solutions are available to help you prepare and successfully recover?
ProActive Solutions can help your company bounce back by helping to select and implement data resiliency solutions that fit your organization’s business needs for backup and recovery.
Take advantage of our consultative approach to designing a data resiliency solution. Request a quote from ProActive.