Gartner Research

Cloud Backup Assessment: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Published: 03 November 2015

ID: G00281339

Analyst(s): Lowell Shulman, Werner Zurcher

Summary

Cloud backup is gaining wider acceptance for distributed systems and data. But data recovery using only cloud backups can get ugly. This document cuts through the vendor hype to present Gartner cloud backup and recovery recommendations and best practices for IT infrastructure architects and others.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

Analysis

  • Pure Cloud Backup
  • Cached Cloud Backup
  • Traditional Backup With Cloud Storage
  • Cloud Backup and WAN Bandwidth
  • Cloud Backup Use-Case Analysis: Endpoint Backup
    • Recovery/DR Capabilities
    • Manageability/Complexity/Scalability
    • Resource Requirements
  • Cloud Backup Use-Case Analysis: ROBO Servers (and ROBO Clients)
    • Recovery/DR Capabilities
    • Manageability/Complexity/Scalability
    • Resource Requirements
  • Cloud Backup Use-Case Analysis: Data Center Servers Without Cloud DR
    • Recovery/DR Capabilities
    • Manageability/Complexity/Scalability
    • Resource Requirements
  • Cloud Backup Use-Case Analysis: Data Center Servers With Cloud DR
    • Recovery/DR Capabilities
    • Manageability/Complexity/Scalability
    • Resource Requirements
  • Cloud Backup Use-Case Analysis: Cloud (IaaS) Servers and SaaS Backup
    • Recovery/DR Capabilities
    • Manageability/Complexity/Scalability
    • Resource Requirements

Guidance

  • Plan From a Restore Perspective
  • Be Aware of Cloud Backup and Recovery Scalability Challenges
  • Endpoint Recommendations
  • ROBO System Recommendations
  • Data Center Server Recommendations
    • Data Center Servers Without Cloud DR Use Case
    • Data Center Servers With Cloud DR Use Case
  • Cloud Server and SaaS Backup Recommendations

The Details

  • Deduplication

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