If Cloud adoption continues at the current pace, 90 percent of organizations will use multiple Cloud services and platforms by 2020.
What makes the Cloud attractive in the eyes of so many decision-makers is well-established at this point: Improvements in efficiency, agility and reduced costs, among other benefits that help drive your business growth and success.
However, you and your organization must remember the benefits of Cloud migration and IT modernization are achieved only through the responsible storage and management of data workloads.
Importance of data protection.
Webinar attendees were recently asked to identify their biggest challenges in regard to IT modernization and Cloud migration during the webinar “Data Protection’s Role in Cloud Migration and IT Modernization,” led by Penny Gralewski, leading solutions marketing at Commvault, and Robin Gareiss, the president and founder of Nemertes Research.
The results: Policy management across on-premises and Cloud resources received 43 percent of the votes. That was followed by data strategy creation, which received 36 percent.
Many IT teams are aware of the opportunity to connect Cloud migration and IT modernization with data protection. But, they struggle. That’s because they rely on legacy backup and recovery products. These products must be turned off and replaced by a data protection tool, with support for multiple Cloud storage options and the flexibility needed to keep up with future technology.
The right data protection tool is essential for securing workloads in the Cloud. Primarily, because there’s a dramatic difference between data protection and Cloud infrastructure durability.
And, it’s important not to confuse the two. While different Cloud models have varied risk and control ramifications, the Cloud is, in general, safer than on-premises solutions.
The challenge, then, is when your organization outsources Cloud services, don’t outsource the responsibility for your data and its management across on-premises and Cloud resources. This is underlined by the conclusion that virtually all Cloud security failures are the customer’s fault, not the Cloud provider’s.
“CIOs need to ensure their security teams are not holding back Cloud initiatives with unsubstantiated Cloud security worries. Exaggerated fears can result in lost opportunity and inappropriate spending,” says Jay Heiser, research vice president at Gartner.
Align your data protection.
To align data protection with Cloud migration and IT modernization, your organization must think beyond the short-term. You must also determine your long-term data strategies. These may include turning off legacy backup products and migrating aging backup tapes to the Cloud.
It’s always a good idea to consolidate multiple data protection solutions. The result of doing so is you can achieve greater flexibility, reduce the risk of downtime and data loss, and increase recovery speed, among other plusses.
Smaller organizations with limited in-house resources can partner with a managed services provider like Vology to ensure a simplified transition to the Cloud and drive business growth.
By including automation and orchestration in your Cloud migration plans, your organization can speed up moving applications, databases, virtual machines and other infrastructure components to the Cloud.
In the process, you can realize low-cost access to flexible and elastic compute resources, without unnecessary delays and downtime.
Considering how affordable and attractive Cloud services have become during the past several years, it’s no surprise most organizations plan to take advantage of them for increased flexibility, greater efficiency, cost savings and more.
Cloud service providers like Vology have been largely successful when it comes to keeping organizations secure. However, the same success isn’t always realized when organizations take it on themselves. The best solution is for your organization to make data protection an integral part of both Cloud migration and IT modernization.
With sound data protection strategies, your organization can leverage multiple Cloud services and platforms, without putting your business and customer data at risk.