Don’t let backup hold you back

Robert Rhame, Director of Market Intelligence, Rubrik by Robert Rhame, Director of Market Intelligence, Rubrik

In 2020 organisations have more freedom than ever before to choose where to deploy their compute and data workloads, but with that new found liberation to choose the best location comes a wave of new complications. Latency, performance, elasticity, reliability, and other factors must all be carefully considered, as these moving workloads and new projects are often keystones in the transformation of IT to a more business integrated model. 

Unfortunately legacy debt can easily block that transformation, and it comes in many forms: infrastructure, operational inefficiencies, and workloads on platforms that refuse to move, to name a few. For workloads that move, or new ones that never see the inside of the classic datacentre, legacy backup becomes an unexpected obstacle.

Beyond the datacentre lies complications for backup systems originally designed to be deployed to manage workloads running on-premises, not on the emerging Edge or the Public Cloud.  In conjunction, the modern IT landscape is more siloed than ever before and data is increasingly fragmented as a result, creating a visibility and control problem that further complicates not just organisations’ data management but also their resilience. 

Simply put, backup modernisation has become a case of when, not if. Legacy solutions such as the humble tape – whilst still with its uses – simply won’t cut it when it comes to mass restores and an increasingly modern environment.


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The modern way

If they are to overcome these factors, organisations must look to modernise their monolithic legacy backup systems in line with wider IT modernisation efforts. At this point in the evolution of IT, we are beginning to situate workloads based on the latency and workload characteristics, which is making workloads move away from the datacentre and towards the Cloud or emerging Edge. That being the case, the Edge and the Cloud have their own inhibitors in the form of latency concerns and bandwidth considerations respectively.

As a result, many organisations face difficulty in deciding the best place to store their workload between the datacentre, Edge or Cloud. This is further complicated by the introduction of increasingly siloed environments, which means that data is fragmented and becomes difficult to identify or control. When it comes to GDPR or PCI, this level of poor visibility simply won’t do.

Lastly, as part of the modernisation of IT, organisation’s infrastructure is becoming more and more important to consider, as legacy data management is often comprised of complicated multi-tiered infrastructure that further siloes and disorganises data.

It’s clear then that legacy backup systems can’t keep up with an increasingly modernised IT landscape – and will even hold stubborn organisations back across the board. That’s where conversations around switching to a next-gen backup solution need to begin.

Updating your entire data backup solution may sound daunting, but doing so will bring your organisation the visibility, accessibility and dependability it’s currently lacking. And it needn’t be an overwhelming process; leading next-gen backup providers will do all the heavy lifting so that you’re set up in no more than an hour. From there you’re free to better focus your attention, make better backup decisions and fully embrace the next generation of data management.

So don’t let your backup hold you back in 2020. Switch to a next-gen backup solution and remain firmly at the cutting edge of IT modernisation.

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