Protecting Cloud Data

Backup in AWS

There are a myriad of options for backing up your data in AWS.

All the traditional software you’ve dealt with for years is, of course, available. But there are born in the cloud software vendors who started with a clean slate and designed specifically for cloud constructs, and sometimes even specifically for AWS constructs. Beyond which software vendor to use comes the question of what your backup target should be. S3 or Glacier? Or are your recovery time objectives so stringent that you should consider EC2? Or should you even be backing up to another AWS region, it may make more sense to backup to another cloud or even on premise.

IT Blueprint will bring our Backup/DR architects to the table. We’ll discover your organization’s core business requirements, and design a solution that achieves those goals while mitigating costs.

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Backup in Azure

There are a myriad of options for backing up your data in Azure.

All the traditional software you’ve dealt with for years is, of course, available, plus options from Microsoft themselves. But there are born in the cloud software vendors who started with a clean slate and designed specifically for cloud constructs. Beyond which software vendor to use comes the question of what your backup target should be. Storage Blobs? Or are your recovery time objectives so stringent that you should consider production class storage? Or should you even be backing up to another Azure region?  It may make more sense to backup to another cloud or even on premise.

IT Blueprint will bring our Backup/DR architects to the table. We’ll discover your organization’s core business requirements, and design a solution that achieves those goals while mitigating costs.

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Backup TO the Cloud

For customers whose infrastructure is on premise, the need to backup and/or maintain a disaster recovery plan is an obvious requirement. Backing up to the cloud is an obvious option that should be considered.

Ultimately, cost may drive some customers to stay with their traditional backup targets. But for many customers, the cloud offers many opportunities to enhance capabilities. Disaster recovery plans for example can then be predicated on latent cloud infrastructure that you don’t have to pay for unless you actually have a disaster. Plus, if your long term plan is to move to the cloud, choosing cloud as a backup target may represent a means to streamline your migration strategy.

IT Blueprint brings the Backup/DR architects to the table to understand your business drivers and design a solution that achieves them while mitigating costs.

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Backup Office 365

The need to backup Office 365 is a bit controversial, and there is no one size fits all answer.

In brief, there is no “point in time” recovery option in the Office 365 service according to Microsoft’s own documentation:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn440734(v=exchg.150).aspx

So, while Office 365 is an extremely highly available system, impervious to a broad range of disasters, if you are subject to (for example) a ransomware attack and need to roll back to an earlier point in time, you might have a challenge. Similarly, while Microsoft can restore accidentally deleted items, there are limits as to how old those items may be before they are gone forever. At time of writing, that can be as little as 14 days and as much as 93 days depending on exactly how your service is set up.

Compliance is also a factor to consider. While powerful tools exist in Office 365, they may be insufficient for customers who need FINRA or SOX compliance.

IT Blueprint partners with customers to discover their actual needs and match them up with the most cost effective mix of Office 365 features and third party SaaS solutions to achieve an organization’s data protection and compliance goals.

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