Cloud Data Protection Strategies Come Up Short
Enterprises are flocking to the cloud for the efficiency, cost savings, flexibility and scalability this technology offers. In fact, 40 percent of applications, on average, are deployed in the cloud, and that is expected to grow by an additional 30 percent in the next 12 months. "The 2016 Enterprise Cloud Backup Study," conducted by research firm Vanson Bourne for CTERA Networks, highlights this mass migration to the cloud and explores the challenges involved. Based on a survey of 400 IT decision-makers and specialists, the study finds that most organizations use a hybrid cloud approach, but don't treat cloud and on-premise services equally when it comes to backup. Almost two-thirds devote more attention to backing up in-house data and apps, relying on service providers to handle cloud backup. Organizations should be wary about counting on a third party for their only backups, the study's authors advise. Some 28 percent of those surveyed do handle backups on their own, but the legacy tools they're using aren't designed for cloud-based deployments, which can lead to labor-intensive management and higher costs. There's a clear disconnect between those findings and the fact that more than one in three respondents believe that the loss of data in the cloud would be more catastrophic than a crash in their on-premise data center—and 14 percent claim it would cost them their jobs. A safer solution, according to the report, is a hybrid backup architecture in which on-premise backup appliances replicate data to the cloud for a two-tiered data protection platform. A hybrid backup approach with versioning controls offers a solution to the growing problem of malware, particularly ransomware. Overall, the research spotlights the need to protect critical cloud-based applications.