Digital transformation is changing the way businesses provision their applications and data, impacting data protection technologies.

The transformation of IT from on-premise solutions to cloud-based solutions has been a major game changer for the technologies of data protection. Questions that were once simple, such as what hard drive has the data or what server has the applications have become almost nonsensical, creating a conundrum for those looking to backup data.

What’s more, that less than static storage paradigm means that data can move freely across systems and be provisioned or hosted on-premise, in the cloud, or is some sort of mashup that spans both, often referred to as a hybrid cloud. The impact those technologies have on the once pedestrian task of backup is almost unfathomable, meaning the very nature of backup has to change to remain effective.

A challenge that has to lead to the concept of hybrid-cloud backups, where backups can be executed from onsite or the cloud, with data targets existing on either location and backup data being stored both onsite and in the cloud. The idea here is to create flexibility and portability in the backup process, while also creating multiple sources for restoration of data.

For most, a hybrid cloud backup solution consists of an onsite appliance, which performs local backups and restorations, and offers the benefit of high speed. The backup files on the appliance are also replicated to the cloud so that off-premise backup needs are met, while also providing the ability to move archival data off-site. Ultimately, the hybrid cloud approach requires no sacrifices in performance or accessibility, while also adding an additional layer of protection.

The offsite capability, which uses the public cloud, gives businesses a path to recover data if there is a loss of the facility, while the onsite appliance supports the need for high speed data recovery, since it eliminates the latency introduced by cloud connections. What’s more, the cloud proves to be logically infinite in storage capacity, limited only by budget constraints, while onsite solutions may require physical upgrades to increase capacity. Something that can be avoided if archival data is moved purely to the cloud and not stored on the onsite appliance.

The hybrid cloud approach for backup also injects simplicity into the process. Most appliances are wizard driven and handle all of the connectivity and data validation or movement behind the scenes, meaning that administrators can concentrate on defining backup policies as opposed to hand scripting backup events. What’s more, that style of backup lends ubiquity to the backup process, with both remote management and onsite management offering a similar experience for administrators.

Simply put, backup is evolving and the hybrid cloud backup approach proves to be the most viable concept to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.