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Create a Game Plan to Implement Cloud Backup the Right Way

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Insufficient planning for cloud backup can result in:

  • Implementing a solution that does not meet the organization’s requirements for backup and recovery
  • A misconception of the real value proposition for the cloud, leading to a solution that costs more for the same capabilities as an alternative
  • Vendor lock-in
  • An inaccurate estimate of the level of effort required by transitioning to cloud backup, leading to budget overruns and missed implementation goals
  • Implementing a solution that does not meet requirements for security or compliance
  • Missing out on the opportunities of cloud backup due to fear, uncertainty, and doubt

This cloud backup implementation blueprint can help organizations:

  • Determine if the cloud is a good fit for the organization’s backup needs
  • Identify the best technical approach to cloud backup for the organization
  • Strategize how to approach cloud vendors to ensure a favorable contract
  • Identify barriers and challenges to targeting backups at the cloud and build a road map to mitigate these
  • Improve operational efficiencies around backup and recovery
  • Transition from legacy tape technologies and enhance recoverability of data in long-term storage
  • Avoid significant capital investment and transition to a subscription-based model for backup
  • Access advanced data center capabilities that may otherwise be out of financial reach for the organization

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Module 1: Evaluate the business case for targeting backup at the cloud

The Purpose

  • 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

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Document stakeholder goals for cloud backup
  • Documented stakeholder goals
1.2 Document present backup processes
  • Current backup process diagrams
1.3 Document ideal backup processes
  • Ideal backup process diagram
1.4 Review typical benefits of cloud backup

Module 2: Identify candidate data sets and assess opportunities and readiness

The Purpose

  • 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

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Document candidate data sets
  • Validated list of candidate data sets
2.2 Determine recovery point and recovery time objectives for candidate data sets
  • Specific RPOs and RTOs for core data sets
2.3 Identify potential value of cloud-based backup for candidate data sets
  • An assessment of the value of cloud backup for data sets
2.4 Discuss the risk and value of cloud-based backup versus an on-premises solution
  • A tool-based recommendation for moving backups to the cloud
2.5 Evaluate organizational readiness for cloud backup
2.6 Identify data sets to move to the cloud

Module 3: Mitigate the challenges of backing up to the cloud

The Purpose

  • 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

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Discuss the impact of cloud backup on infrastructure and IT environment
  • Cloud risk assessment
3.2 Create a cloud backup risk contingency plan
  • Documented contingency strategies for probabe risks
3.3 Document compliance and security regulations
  • Negotiation strategies for dealing with vendors
3.4 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
3.5 Discuss and document the impact of cloud backup on IT roles and responsibilities
3.6 Compile a list of implementation intiatives
3.7 Evaluate the financial case for cloud backup

Module 4: Build a cloud backup implementation roadmap

The Purpose

  • 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

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Perform a gap analysis to generate a list of implementation intiatives
  • A validated gap analysis
4.2 Prioritize cloud backup initiatives
  • A prioritized list of cloud backup initiatives
4.3 Assess risks and dependencies for critical implementation initiatives
  • Documented dependencies and risks associated with implementation tasks
4.4 Assign ownership over implementation tasks
  • A roadmap for targeting backups at the cloud
4.5 Determine road map time frame and structure
4.6 Populate the roadmap with cloud backup initiatives
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