Modern backup seems to be such a hot term at the moment, and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. It reminds me of those shopping network commercials late at night (well I guess they’re 24 hours a day now ... I’m showing my age!) where the host is screaming about the product and how it will change your life. There is a lot of that going around, so how do you weed out what is good and what is not? Let’s take a look at ways you can approach this exact task.
The cloud adoption is inevitable, but there are some new considerations to make on this journey. We’ve been warning our customers to not just blindly copy their existing data protection strategies when switching platforms, and instead, use the opportunity to challenge the status quo and embrace new practices. Today, I wanted to bring my own perspective into Microsoft Azure data protection challenges and talk about Azure Backup, a native IaaS backup offering, as well as show when its capabilities might need to be extended using solutions like Veeam Backup for Azure.
A few weeks ago, our engineers helped solve a big problem for an organization that needed to leverage Veeam Agents and Cloud Connect Backup to secure company data stored on the laptops and workstations of their remote workforce (you can read about that scenario here). Another opportunity came our way when we were asked to help this company reconsider their disaster recovery (DR) plan.
It never ceases to amaze me how rapidly Microsoft Azure continues to bring capabilities to market, and the latest example of NFS 4.1 support for Azure Files is no exception. An NFS file share in Azure supplements existing file share capabilities with SMB shares. Having an NFS file share at face value may seem like adding another storage protocol, but it has much more impact than that.
Many organizations are anchored in the past, using a legacy backup solution that is costly, unreliable and complex, making it difficult to shed outdated processes to truly innovate. Complex, outdated solutions can add more headaches for IT departments, making the ability to improve the reliability of backups and restores more time consuming and less likely.
Anyone who has been working in the IT industry over the years has seen technology continually evolve, expand and develop to overcome data management challenges of the past. As technology evolves to meet data demands today, new obstacles associated with innovation occur. To help prevent and meet these challenges, monitoring the data center and gaining insight into how your applications and machines utilize resources to operate provide an extra insight to any organization.
We know that ransomware is attacking us from all angles. With strains of ransomware and malicious activity exploring new routes to your data, it’s just a matter of time until you and your business are compromised. Your unstructured data is just another target for these strains of ransomware. In the past, businesses were typically infected via email or exploit kits hidden within websites. These new attack methods focusing on NAS devices use a different method.
With everything that’s been happening in the world over the last few months, my company had to make some radical changes in our IT department. We’ve recently shifted to remote work ~100% of the time, which forced my group to react quickly to new challenges. Protecting user and company data on remote workstations has become a priority.