Nine Ways to Get BaaS Right: Recoverability and Cloning

Backup as a Service

So far in this series, we’ve examined a number of key success factors for setting up backups in a multi-cloud environment. In this post, we’ll look at how the right backup as a service (BaaS) strategy can deliver value at critical moments and provide more advanced automation capabilities.

Number five: Recoverability

Any backup strategy is only as good as its ability to recover data in the event of a cyberattack or unplanned outage. How can you ensure business continuity and resiliency? Here again, you have some choices.

You could, of course, perform a VM-level backup and manually recover it. Some organizations write scripts to handle their backups, but they rarely do the same for recovery. The result is manual intervention that requires time and effort, creating delays and disruption.

The other choice is using a BaaS solution with intuitive, UI-driven, automated recovery. Think about what is happening at this moment: People are literally standing over your shoulder demanding that you restore access to their data…right now. Having a simple, automated recovery solution speeds your restore process and reduces the pressure level at a critical time.

But there’s another important consideration with respect to recoverability: the level of granularity that you can achieve. Because at the time of recovery, people want just what they want. Do they need individual files or folders? How about applications like email or databases? Or do they need container-level or namespace access? Make sure your BaaS solution can provide that kind of granularity in recovery.

Ideally, your end-users should be able to recover files and applications themselves, recovering what they need, when they need it. That keeps users happy and takes pressure off busy system admins, which is always a good thing.

Number six: Cloning

Now that we’ve covered the basic blocking and tackling of backup and recovery, let’s think about some more advanced capabilities a BaaS solution should provide for multi-cloud data protection. One of these is cloning.

Most IT organizations today run multiple infrastructures for development, testing, analytics, forensics, and more. A good BaaS solution can help by providing an application-consistent copy of your production environment for each of these different use cases.

It’s not just about creating these cloned copies, but doing it very efficiently. Look for a BaaS solution that automates the process of creating these clones. Moreover, it should provide the flexibility to clone applications, VMs, Kubernetes clusters, or containers, depending on the level of granularity you need. This functionality is a huge saver of time and effort, transforming your backup solution from a cost to a true driver of value.

Both recovery and cloning are wonderful examples of where a BaaS with intelligent automation capabilities can improve data protection while reducing headaches and workload for already overstressed IT teams. That frees up more time to focus on improving their systems infrastructure, with the confidence of knowing that the business is protected.

In the next installment of this series, we’ll look at workload migration, disaster recovery and organizational scaling.

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