Data is lifeblood to most businesses in today’s cyber world, and this makes it essential to implement a data protection plan that includes putting into place a reliable process for backing up that data.
Public Cloud providers, in particular, cloud storage providing organizations offer huge opportunity to implement scalable, manageable, and dependable backups. Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web services and Google Cloud Platform offer capacity to store valuable enterprise data. These three major public cloud vendors also introduce multiple tiers of storage into their products to stay competitive. So, users need to select the media & capacity of their choice to store backups.
Going with the trend, organizations have a number of choices among cloud backup options that take advantage of public cloud storage. This includes-
Backup directly to the public cloud- Write data directly to Microsoft Azure or AWS or one of many other cloud infrastructure providers.
Backup to a service provider- Write data to a service provider offering backup services in a managed data center
Hybrid approach- Some vendors offer physical appliances which allow users to directly backup data first to appliance and then to cloud. This process offers advanced disaster recovery services on hand.
StoneFly, Inc a wholly owned subsidiary of DNF Corporation is one such vendor which offers cloud backups to the cloud. The company offers cloud backups in three varied options
- StoneFly CDR365– This is a software tool which offers online backup solution that automates data backup to secure cloud storage. The application combines easy to use interface with a powerful functionality making a disaster recovery plan simple, reliable and affordable.
- StoneFly Cloud Backup Connect– This cloud backup option presents an easy and affordable way to begin storing valuable server and workstation backups in the cloud. Compatible with any existing enterprise backup software or backup appliance users might be already using (Symantec Backup Exec, Acronis, Commvault, Veeam, NovaStor, Unitrends, etc.), StoneFly provides a backup connector to their choice of private, hybrid or public cloud. Thus, with this solution one can implement a quick and simple disaster recovery plan while storing backups off-site in Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud, VMware vCloud Air, StoneFly Cloud Business Center, or users’ remote private or hybrid cloud.
- StoneFly Remote Replication– All StoneFly iSCSI and Fibre Channel SAN Technology appliances are offered with Remote replication feature. This feature helps users to replicate the data from their StoneFly physical appliances to StoneFly Cloud Business Center. This gives an option to add a disaster recovery site for critical data.
Therefore, StoneFly makes data backups on the cloud effective in the above said way.
Note- Data written to Azure and other services won’t be deduplicated by the cloud provider to reduce the amount of space consumed by the user. Remember, Deduplication is available only on demand.