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So, you’ve decided to migrate your applications from a data center to the cloud with AWS. But what about the old backup solution you’ve been running in your data center? Wouldn’t it be easier to use the cloud version of the same product in the cloud as well? Not so fast.
Your old backup solution for your on-premises storage may have gotten the job done, but trying to shoehorn it into the cloud environment as a matter of convenience is likely to cause more problems than you’re trying to solve.
Read on to learn why having a plan for a cloud-native backup solution should be an essential part of your cloud strategy.
It’s easy to see why people assume they can use the same backup product they used on-premises, but the cloud version of it and expect things to work smoothly. After all, it worked great on-premises, why not get a similar experience in the cloud?
That’s because traditional on-prem backup solutions were specifically made to run on physical infrastructure, with limited compute and storage that scale linearly, where you pay for every second you run it. This is an entirely different system with its own unique architecture—and its own limitations, which take little to no advantage of the limitless compute and storage the public cloud brings.
Building a platform in the cloud is not a trivial task. Decisions made to design a legacy solution for the data center have a substantial impact on the benefits and experience customers have if it were to be used in the cloud. For example, the more you natively integrate with cloud-native APIs and resources, the better are the results in performance, scale, economics, and the ability to use new services the cloud provides. On the other hand, if you took a data center architecture and used it or ported it to the public cloud it has significant downsides, some being:
Put simply, building solutions for the data center is entirely different from a cloud-native approach, and thus utilizes a different architecture for backup. Although it is indeed possible to migrate a physical data center’s backup solution to the cloud, should you do it?
The short answer is a resounding “no,” but let’s unpack the reasons why.
Some of the primary reasons an enterprise moves its workloads to the cloud are, faster access to innovation, offloading the IT management aspect, and taking advantage of the cloud’s unlimited scalability and performance. Porting over the same backup solution from a data center to the cloud instantly negates all of these cloud’s benefits.
There’s a better way.
Built in the cloud for the cloud, Clumio’s unique architectural approach plays out in three distinct ways:
By leveraging the full extent of cloud scalability, Clumio avoids the data flow bottlenecks that plague other data protection solutions. This is largely achieved by sidestepping process tiers and transporting data directly into highly scalable and durable object storage. This enables Clumio to not just scale but do so rapidly as and when needed to adapt to the application requirements.
Clumio takes what is typically a single application, breaks it up into thousands of tiny functions, and orchestrates them seamlessly into a workflow. This is central to designing a true services model that responds to specific customer requests (across 1000s of customers) in real-time and provides quick resolution as well.
By separating the control plane from the data plane, Clumio enables flexibility in how and where backups are stored independent of the primary data or the customer location. This results in optimized storage of backup data delivering the lowest RTO and TCO.
Collectively, this approach offers users a number of advantages that are not found with data center backup solutions ported as cloud solutions, most notably:
Want to see for yourself why Clumio’s cloud-native architecture is a superior backup solution in every sense? Contact us today to schedule a free trial. In just 15 minutes, you’ll be ready to begin using Clumio’s responsive and intuitive interface—with no need to install new software or hardware, or perform any in-depth planning. You can simply jump right in.