Organisations may start to use two cloud providers in the future to have the necessary back-up and disaster recovery systems in place as data workloads grow.
Peter de Vente, a systems consultant at Dell, told V3 ahead of the V3 Cloud & Infrastructure Live event on 20-21 April that the amount of data being collected and stored by organisations is growing all the time.
This means that traditional on-premise data back-up and storage tools for things such as snapshotting and creating replicas of data become unfeasible for huge workloads, often of terabytes or even petabytes of data.
As such, the use of cloud storage services is growing, in part because of the amount of data that can be stored, alongside other benefits such as ease of access and scalability.
However, de Vente explained that the cloud is not a panacea for data back-up and disaster recovery and that, although there are plenty of benefits in using the cloud in this way, it will still put pressure on companies.
“You can’t just move everything to the cloud and then lean back and think it’s done. You have to do a lot of monitoring and ensure everything is operating as it should,” he said.
"The cloud should be seen as a mechanism to get to where you want to be for disaster recovery, not the solution itself."
Furthermore, de Vente noted that moving to the cloud actually increases the number of potential elements that could go wrong, from the network connection to the cloud firm’s data centre and back again, rather than with a single on-premise setup.
There could therefore be a growing move by organisations to start using two cloud providers so that if there is a problem with one, such as an outage, they can quickly move to the other. Dell is starting to see this already.
“We are just starting to see customers using two different cloud providers, so they are not betting on one horse. That’s quite new because in the old days you would go to one storage vendor and use them and if something went wrong you had to just ring them and deal with it,” he said.
“Now, people are moving to the cloud and giving all their data to someone else. That still has risks, though, so we might see the two-cloud vendor approach becoming popular in the future.”
Of course, this will raise issues of cost, but de Vente said that the idea of using cloud solely for cost savings is the wrong approach, as it should be considered more for the operational benefits it offers.
The two-cloud provider model could still allow firms to take advantage of the operational benefits of the cloud, but with the added benefit of ensuring they have solid data back-up and disaster recovery in place.
To hear more from de Vente on cloud and back-up sign up now for the V3 Cloud and Infrastructure Live event on 20-21 April. The event is free to register and takes place online over two days featuring a mix of end-user and sponsor video presentations, panel discussions and a resource hub.
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