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Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage is made for backup and disaster recovery. Disaster recovery with the cloud can be done anywhere. It is location-independent because you can access disaster recovery data in the cloud from any site with an internet connection and a StoneFly cloud integrated storage appliance. Customers don't have to spend money on a recovery facility because cloud storageis the recovery facility and there is no need to provision special networks forreplication because a cloud connection is all you need.

Full backup and disaster recovery in the cloud

The problem with a full disaster recovery from the cloud is thenetwork performance of cloud storage. If you use cloud storage as a virtual tape device it will probably take you a lot longer than you thought to download the virtual tapes. If you're thinking it could take days you might need to check that again, it could take weeks. StoneFly has a cloud restoretechnology. You can leave the cold data in thecloud and only restore the data you need, in other words the working set data.

This is a huge time saver when you want tosave time. With StoneFly Hybrid enterprise cloud storage, cloud storage is a tier which means data is not downloaded and then restored it is simply accessed and added to the working set of your storage system. Recovery time objectives (RTO) are amazingly short.

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Securing Nutanix Infrastructure with Cloud Backup

Nutanix delivers hyper-converged infrastructure which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. The infrastructures facilitates the deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs) using Hyper-V, VMware or Acropolis hypervisors. The solution is pretty good for enterprise storage requirements but it does not protect enterprise workloads from data loss. Without a reliable backup strategy, organizations risk their important data despite having setup enterprise-level infrastructures. That’s why enterprises should deploy cloud backup to make their workloads data loss-proof.

Deploying Cloud Backup for Nutanix Hyper-converged Infrastructure

Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure comes in two basic forms: on-premises infrastructure and cloud based infrastructure. Depending on the vendor, businesses can setup cloud backups for both kinds of infrastructures.

For the virtualization layer, Nutanix infrastructure can be setup with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware or Acropolis hypervisors.

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Backup & Disaster Recovery: Necessary for the Enterprise

In the pursuit of efficiency and optimization, enterprises transcended the paper era and entered the digital era. The workspace is no longer the same anymore. Instead of a ton of office equipment, a single desktop computer and/or a laptop is more than enough. Utilization of digital equipment led to the generation and continuous growth of digital data; which in turn led to the requirements and innovation of data storage: on-premises at first and then enterprise cloud storage later.

Enterprise Cloud Storage: Empowering Productivity & Work Efficiency

By using cloud based storage, enterprises considerably improved productivity and increased work efficiency. Instead of a sequential workflow, the cloud facilitates parallel workflows. And with the cloud, accessibility is made simpler and faster. Instead of working from a single workstation, staff can operate without geographic limitations or time restrictions. This has enhanced the ways enterprises function and operate.

Continuous utilization of cloud environments has generated data lakes for enterprises. Due to the block level storage of the cloud, scalability is simplified and accommodating to the big data generated by industries. However, with the large amount of data and the enterprise reliance on this data; it becomes equally important to acquire capable and reliable means of backing up and recovering this data.

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