What is driving hybrid cloud (IaaS & PaaS) adoption strategies?

Welcome to another installment in our ongoing series focusing on the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023, which surveyed 1,700 “as a Service” administrators, including those responsible for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) for file services and/or databases. Veeam contracts with independent research firms to ask questions on an assortment of topics – including the adoption trends for both IaaS and PaaS scenarios:

This research revealed a few key truths, all of which have implications for data protection strategies in a multi- and hybrid-cloud world:

  • The data center is not going away, but the percentage of workloads running as physical or virtual machines will continue to dilute as organizations’ “cloud-first” strategies continue to bring new workloads to hyperscale clouds at faster rates.
  • Not only are there drivers TO the cloud, but also from one cloud to another, as well as from cloud hosts back to the data center.
  • For many organizations, the journey to production clouds may start with a “lift and shift” of servers from the data center to a host (or a new server image), but eventually organizations will continue that journey of foundational services like file shares and databases from IaaS instances into natively delivered cloud file shares and cloud-hosted databases.

Veeam has long been able to protect data within server instances running on public cloud (IaaS) platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud by way of Veeam Agents. And while there are reasons to do so, just like utilizing agents within virtual machines within the data center, Veeam pioneered “the better way” of protecting VMs from the hypervisor layer. In the same philosophy, the better way to protect IaaS server instances is through the hyperscale cloud’s underpinnings, which Veeam has been doing for over three years. The Veeam solution utilizes each cloud platforms’ native snapshots, storage and security services, and APIs. This approach also enables IT administrators to protect databases and file systems on dedicated PaaS services like Amazon RDS, Amazon EFS, Azure SQL, Azure Files and more, as well as those hosted on IaaS.

We’ll be discussing these ideas and more on our livestream on Nov. 15 and throughout this blog series:

  1. Announcing the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023
  2. IaaS/PaaS usage adoption (this blog post)
  3. IaaS/PaaS backup roles and methods
  4. Long-term retention for IaaS/PaaS/SaaS data
  5. What is BaaS? And why BaaS or DRaaS?
  6. Considerations when choosing a BaaS/DRaaS provider
  7. M365 backup roles & methods

Download the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023 or your region’s executive brief here:

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