- Cloud adoption is frequently driven by hype rather than careful consideration of the best-fit solution.
- IT is frequently rushed into cloud adoption without appropriate planning.
- Organizations frequently lack appropriate strategies to deal with cloud-specific backup challenges.
- Insufficient planning for cloud backup can exacerbate problems rather than solving them, leading to poor estimates of the cost and effort involved, budget overruns, and failure to meet requirements.
- The cloud isn’t a magic bullet, but it tends to deliver the most value to organizations with specific use cases – frequently smaller organizations who are looking to avoid the cost of building or upgrading a data center.
- Cloud backup does not necessarily reduce backup costs so much as it moves them around. Cloud backup distributes costs over a longer term. Organizations need to compare the difference in CAPEX and OPEX to determine if making the move makes financial sense.
- The cloud can deliver a great deal of value for organizations who are looking to reduce the operational effort demanded by an existing tape library for second- or third-tier backups.
- Data security risks in some cases may be overstated, depending on what on-premises security is available. However, targeting backup to the cloud introduces other risks that need to be considered before implementation is given the green light.
Impact and Result
- Understand if cloud backup is the right solution for actual organizational needs.
- Make an informed decision about targeting backup to the cloud by considering the big picture TCO and effort level involved in adoption.
- Have a ready strategy to mitigate the most common challenges with cloud adoption projects.
- Develop a roadmap that lays out the required step-by-step to implement cloud backup.
After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.
Workshop: Create a Game Plan to Implement Cloud Backup the Right Way
Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Evaluate the business case for targeting backup at the cloud
- Understand how cloud backup will affect backup and recovery processes
- Determine backup and recovery objectives
- Assess the value proposition of cloud backup
Key Benefits Achieved
- A high-level understanding of the benefits of moving to cloud backup
- A best-fit analysis of cloud backup in comparison to organizational needs
Document stakeholder goals for cloud backup
- Documented stakeholder goals
Document present backup processes
- Current backup process diagrams
Document ideal backup processes
- Ideal backup process diagram
Review typical benefits of cloud backup
Module 2: Identify candidate data sets and assess opportunities and readiness
- Identify candidate data sets for cloud-based backup
- Determine RPOs and RTOs for candidate data sets
- Identify potential value specific to each data set for targeting backup at the cloud
- Evaluate organizational readiness for targeting backup at the cloud
Key Benefits Achieved
- Documented recovery objectives
- Recommendations for cloud backup based on actual organizational needs and readiness
Document candidate data sets
- Validated list of candidate data sets
Determine recovery point and recovery time objectives for candidate data sets
- Specific RPOs and RTOs for core data sets
Identify potential value of cloud-based backup for candidate data sets
- An assessment of the value of cloud backup for data sets
Discuss the risk and value of cloud-based backup versus an on-premises solution
- A tool-based recommendation for moving backups to the cloud
Evaluate organizational readiness for cloud backup
Identify data sets to move to the cloud
Module 3: Mitigate the challenges of backing up to the cloud
- Understand different cloud provider models and their specific risks
- Identification of how cloud backup will affect IT infrastructure and personnel
- Strategize ways to mitigate the most common challenges of implementing cloud backup
- Understand the client/vendor relationship in cloud backup
- Understand the affect of cloud backup on data security
Key Benefits Achieved
- Verified best-fit cloud provider model for organizational needs
- Verified strategy for meeting the most common challenges for cloud-based backup
- A strong understanding of how cloud backup will change IT
- Strategies for approaching vendors to ensure a strong footing in negotiations and clear expectations for the client/vendor relationship
Discuss the impact of cloud backup on infrastructure and IT environment
- Cloud risk assessment
Create a cloud backup risk contingency plan
- Documented contingency strategies for probabe risks
Document compliance and security regulations
- Negotiation strategies for dealing with vendors
Identify client and vendor responsibilities for cloud backup
- A committed go/no-go decision on the value of cloud backup weighted against the effort of implementation
Discuss and document the impact of cloud backup on IT roles and responsibilities
Compile a list of implementation intiatives
Evaluate the financial case for cloud backup
Module 4: Build a cloud backup implementation roadmap
- Create a road map for implementing cloud backup
Key Benefits Achieved
- Determine any remaining gaps between the present state and the ideal state for cloud backup
- Understand the steps and time frame for implementing cloud backup
- Allocate roles and responsibilities for the implementation intitiative
- A validated implementation road map
Perform a gap analysis to generate a list of implementation intiatives
- A validated gap analysis
Prioritize cloud backup initiatives
- A prioritized list of cloud backup initiatives
Assess risks and dependencies for critical implementation initiatives
- Documented dependencies and risks associated with implementation tasks
Assign ownership over implementation tasks
- A roadmap for targeting backups at the cloud
Determine road map time frame and structure
Populate the roadmap with cloud backup initiatives