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5 Hybrid Cloud Backup Challenges

Define your cloud-oriented world

Cloud technology requires new thinking and a new approach to IT. Organizations must redefine their IT strategy and culture to ensure success in the cloud.

Employee training and education are an important part of this transition. IT staff should have the necessary knowledge and skills to use and manage cloud technology effectively. This includes both technical knowledge and an understanding of the company's business processes.

In addition, organizations need to hire new people with the right skills and experience, and redefine the needs and expectations of IT staff. IT should no longer be viewed as a separate department, but as an integral part of the organization and its business strategy.

Overall, companies need to redefine their IT culture and strategy to successfully transition to the cloud. Training and education is an important part of this transition, but it's also about hiring the right people and setting new requirements and expectations.

"Only local data is secure data" - Forget it!

This statement underscores that moving to the cloud, even for data hosting, is no longer a risky proposition. While it may be useful to have a local copy of some or all data, this is not the ultimate goal of a balanced approach to data protection and integrity. It is recommended that data be backed up frequently and stored where it makes sense, which may include using the cloud as the primary platform.

Stay in control of your data

It is important to maintain control over all data stored in the cloud. You should be able to determine where and how your data is stored and replicated, and where your backup solution stores artifacts. If at any point you cannot ensure that you have full control over the flow of data, you should make changes or, if necessary, switch backup solutions.

Balancing cloud neutrality and benefits

In order to achieve the greatest possible flexibility in the cloud, it is important to find a balance between using provider-specific services and maintaining portability. While avoiding vendor lock-in might seem like the best option, it can limit the benefits of individual cloud providers. It is important to ensure a balance and to use the strengths of different providers. An ideal backup solution should support vendor-specific paradigms and leverage the best features of different cloud providers. This approach enables the optimal use of cloud-specific functions in a flexible backup solution.

Avoid a rigid backup model

It is always desirable to use only one backup solution. However, this is not the same as using only one model. As your applications become more complex, you are more likely to use data in multiple formats and from multiple sources. Therefore, it is important to choose a highly flexible backup solution that can accommodate these differences in backup models. Your solution should be able to support a variety of backup approaches, rather than forcing all different types of data into a specific (and therefore inflexible) format.

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