Legacy backup solution: the 5 warning signs

Needless to say, data is now the lifeblood of every business. Whether it is analytics to make strategic decisions or business know-how, data play such a central role in daily operations that it is no wonder that their protection is a hot topic for many c-levels.

Over the years, companies adopted solutions that have then maintained over time, but with the amount of data produced and stored growing at an alarming rate and threats from cybercriminals, they are no longer sufficient for optimal protection. The common “break-fix” approach in general, but even more so in Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions, is outdated and risks causing more harm than good.

Most of the major problems related to data protection stem from the failure to modernize the backup and disaster recovery solution due mainly to legacy solutions that could not be integrated with the cloud and required a large initial investment in hardware at the time of implementation. This many times forces companies to limit their use of the cloud, as they are forcibly tied to on-premise solutions that have yet to be amortized.

In addition to a matter of investment, most traditional backup approaches involve very long data recovery, sometimes days or weeks, and a backup policy that makes copies at night, with potential data loss of up to 24 hours. Instead, the need is to be able to access one’s business data at a moment’s notice because, in the event of disruptions due to natural causes, human error or cyber attacks, the company must be able to restart as quickly as possible, restoring service and business continuity.

The 5 signs that should raise a red flag

  • Low reliability and poor performance: Legacy backup solutions are often intrusive, slowing down the machine or even requiring manual intervention by users with the risk of forgetting and thus failing to protect data
  • Lack of granularity: Traditional backup models cannot provide the necessary granularity. In addition, they are often scheduled once a day to avoid reducing performance, leading to major holes when recovery is needed
  • Poor performance: Traditional backups often provide false positives putting corporate business continuity at serious risk.
  • Lack of scalability and flexibility: Legacy solutions by nature imply the need for continuous investment and implementation at the hardware level as the amount of data grows, putting many companies in serious difficulty.
  • Increasing complexity: legacy backup solutions, by nature, cannot keep up with increasingly distributed infrastructures located on different platforms (private and public cloud), with critical data being used by an increasing number of applications, and to the ever-increasing volume of data. Therefore, it is necessary to use solutions that best integrate and reduce risks and complexity derived from heterogeneous environments.

The Managed Data Protection Service

Within the Digital Transformation journey, achieving data protection is certainly a must. As of today, traditional backup solutions are in fact no longer able to meet the needs for availability, security or to allow for evolving requirements in the future, achievable instead through the Managed Data Protection service, where resilience, availability and security are imperative.

Francesco Randisi

Francesco Randisi

Project Manager & Solution Architect

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