Public cloud computing provides organizations with many financial and operational benefits. Cloud customers have access to scalable and flexible solutions designed to meet all types of business requirements. More than 75% of companies are taking advantage of multi-cloud or hybrid environments. The virtually limitless scalability and flexibility of the cloud often result in extensive data sprawl.

A company’s valuable information can be scattered among many applications and across multiple cloud infrastructures. Modern cloud-based workloads require modern methods of data protection. Traditional methods that were focused on in-house backup solutions are no longer capable of addressing the complexities of contemporary computing environments.

Challenges of Protecting Modern Workloads

Multiple challenges need to be overcome to reliably protect an organization running modern, cloud-based workloads. Following are some of the most impactful challenges that must be met to fully protect a company’s data resources.

  • Companies are using multi-cloud and hybrid infrastructures to reduce expenses or obtain specific advantages offered by a cloud service provider (CSP).
  • Many companies storing and processing data subject to regulatory standards cannot maintain compliance with standard backup solutions.
  • Companies are migrating workloads between multiple cloud vendors or back and forth from the cloud to on-premises data centers.
  • The growing use of SaaS solutions such as Microsoft 365 that do not offer comprehensive native backup capabilities requires data protection from supplemental, third-party products.
  • Cloud-based constructs such as containers cannot be adequately protected using traditional backup and recovery methods.
  • Businesses are storing mission-critical information in cloud databases that may not be sufficiently protected with backups provided by the CSP.
  • Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats demand more robust data protection than what is provided by traditional data center backup techniques.
  • Business-critical modern workloads need flexible disaster recovery capabilities that include recovering to alternate cloud locations.
  • The accessibility of cloud data results in the use of mobile and remote devices that need to be incorporated into an organization’s data protection strategy.

Essential Components of an Effective Data Protection Strategy

VAST’s expert team of IT professionals understands the challenges of protecting data in modern workloads. VAST has forged strategic partnerships with multiple backup and data protection vendors, allowing them to offer customized solutions that address its customers’ business requirements. VAST’s tailored data protection solutions include the following essential components and features.

  • VAST’s solutions provide the capability to migrate data and perform disaster recovery between multiple targets. This includes securely moving data between the cloud and on-premises data centers and recovering systems to the location that makes the most sense after a disaster.
  • Native workload protection is provided for containers and their management solutions such as Kubernetes.
  • Comprehensive backup and disaster recovery offers support for PaaS databases like AWS RDS/Aurora and Azure Managed SQL environments.
  • Point-in-time recovery is supported for big data resources to protect organizations from data loss following a cyberattack.
  • Cloud object storage protection is metadata aware and supports more than 60 cloud platforms.
  • Protection for SaaS applications like Slack and M365 goes beyond their native capabilities and provides support for long-term archival and regulatory compliance.

VAST will work with your company to develop a backup and disaster recovery strategy that addresses the enhanced protection required by modern workloads. Contact VAST today and start protecting your cloud-based workloads with modern and efficient solutions.