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E-Guide Is Cloud Data Backup Service Right for your Organization

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The storage market has evolved over the past few years, driving different needs for business professionals; the most pressing being managing IT budgets and storage reliability. This e-guide discusses …

The storage market has evolved over the past few years, driving different needs for business professionals; the most pressing being managing IT budgets and storage reliability. This e-guide discusses different flavors of cloud backup in the market today and details what you should consider before adopting a cloud backup offering. Download this e-guide to learn more about cloud storage and how it fits into your IT plans.

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  • 1. E-GuideIs cloud data backup service rightfor your organization?The storage market has evolved over the past few years, drivingdifferent needs for business professionals; the most pressing beingmanaging IT budgets and storage reliability. This e-guide discussesdifferent flavors of cloud backup in the market today and details whatyou should consider before adopting a cloud backup offering.Download this e-guide to learn more about cloud storage and how itfits into your IT plans. Sponsored By:
  • 2. SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide Is cloud data backup service right for your organization? E-Guide Is cloud data backup service right for your organization? Table of Contents Is cloud data backup service right for your organization? Resources from Dell, Inc. and IntelSponsored By: Page 2 of 5
  • 3. SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide Is cloud data backup service right for your organization?Is cloud data backup service right for yourorganization?By Lauren WhitehouseAssessing your organizations challenges, abilities and assets will help to determine ifdeploying a cloud-based data backup strategy is a better alternative than relying on an on-site data backup and recovery strategy. Heres what to consider when trying deciding ifcloud backup is right for your organization:Budget. Do you know what your current costs are for data protection? Have you evaluatedstaff costs to determine if eliminating any on-premises infrastructure, introducingautomation or adopting more-advanced technology, would alleviate issues? A comparison ofall capital and operational expenses for on-premises technology over three years vs. theoperational expenses for cloud-based backup over three years may yield surprises. Forexample, for a backup tape strategy, the maintenance fees for on-premises hardware andsoftware, media purchases and storage fees, and operations overhead over three yearscould pay for three years of a hybrid cloud service.Daily capacity of backup data. How much data needs protecting (based on the totalcapacity of data and the daily change rate)? Whats the frequency of backups required tomeet recovery objectives? Calculate how much backup data needs to be transferred on adaily basis. And, given the available bandwidth, whether or not the transfer can beaccomplished within the backup window.Data protection gaps. Do you have new directives to improve protection at remoteoffice/branch offices (ROBOs) or with endpoints? Do you have the staff and capital budgetto invest in these new initiatives? Do you currently have a disaster recovery (DR) strategy?If yes, do your people, processes and technology allow you to meet recovery timeobjectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs)? Leveraging a cloud backup vendorto augment current on-premises data protection processes may be more cost-effective (noupfront capital investment in infrastructure and no additional headcount required) thanextending on-premises capabilities.Sponsored By: Page 3 of 5
  • 4. SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide Is cloud data backup service right for your organization?Infrastructure. Is the current infrastructure limiting your ability to meet the needs of theorganization? Have budget constraints limited your ability to keep pace with technologyadvancements? Were you going to do a technology refresh soon anyway? Organizationswithout the capital budget to extend or refresh the IT infrastructure to meet data protectionneeds -- but with a sufficient operational budget -- can fund monthly service fees throughtheir operational budget to improve data protection processes.Service-level agreements (SLAs) and compliance mandates. Can you successfullycomplete your backup within the prescribed window of time? Can you recover data to meetagreed-upon timeframes? If not, is the inability related to outdated technology or lack ofsufficient operational staff? Can you meet corporate and/or regulatory requirements withyour current people, processes and technology? Does your process for maintaining offsitecopies introduce any security risks? If you have recovery service level agreements that aremore aggressive than what can be delivered by streaming data over your WAN link orphysically transported on portable disk (not unlike tape media from offsite storage), cloud-based backup may not be for you. If you dont have the discipline and capabilities to meetcompliance objectives, then outsourcing data protection to a vendor that can supportcompliance efforts may pay off.Staffing levels and expertise. Has the economic climate impacted your ability toappropriately staff the data protection function? Do your current backup/recoveryinfrastructure and processes rely too heavily on operational staff? Do you have in-houseexpertise to properly architect, build and maintain data protection infrastructure andprocesses to meet objectives now and in the future? An operations staff is often the mostcostly aspect of data protection, so adding data protection capabilities without necessitatingadditional staff could be more feasible.Sponsored By: Page 4 of 5
  • 5. SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide Is cloud data backup service right for your organization?Resources from Dell, Inc. and IntelPresentation Transcript: SMB Server School: Considerations for IntegratingWindows Server into a Cloud Computing EnvironmentLayered Tech sees 22% performance increase by building new infrastructure usingDell servers that takes managed hosting and cloud services to a new levelBusiness Ready Configurations for Virtualization with Dell™ PowerEdge™ BladeServers, Dell EqualLogic™ Storage, and VMware Infrastructure™About Dell, Inc. and IntelDell and Intel are strategic partners in delivering innovative hardware solutions to solveyour most challenging IT problems. Together we are delivering virtualization optimizedsolutions to maximize the benefits of any virtualization project.Sponsored By: Page 5 of 5