How to Securely Manage and Protect Cloud Workloads

Gartner says end-user spending on public cloud services will exceed $480 billion in 2022. This fast growth shouldn’t surprise you if you're an IT pro. With businesses being forced to evolve and adapt quickly in today’s changing markets—while containing IT costs—the cloud makes much sense. First, cloud capacity is essentially limitless, offering on-demand scale that’s available in an instant. Additional servers can be added to a cloud network whenever extra computing power is needed—unexpectedly high user traffic, for example—and taken down just as quickly. Data storage can be expanded or reduced on demand, too.

Innovation Through Virtualization

But the ultimate driver behind cloud adoption is the ability to leverage a fast-growing list of cloud-native technologies like containers, virtual machines (VMs), machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). The cloud also lets you invest in innovation instead of spending your IT time and budget maintaining and managing your infrastructure and data centers. It’s no wonder then that Gartner also predicts that by 2025 more than 90 percent of enterprises will pursue a multi-cloud infrastructure and platform strategy. And almost half of the respondents to the 2021 Cloud Adoption Survey said they plan to migrate 50 percent or more of their applications to the cloud in the coming year. The cloud will likely be part of every enterprise IT strategy at some point. But the cloud isn’t perfect.

Cloud SLAs Don’t Eliminate Downtime Completely

Public cloud service providers offer robust security measures, and most provide service level agreements (SLAs) that ensure 99.99 percent uptime. While that sounds great, that .01 percent translates to almost an hour of downtime per year. And 44 percent of firms that responded to ITIC’s 12th Annual 2021 Hourly Cost of Downtime Survey indicated that hourly downtime costs can exceed $1 million to $5 million. Recent headlines confirm the problem is real. Amazon Web Services (AWS) recovered from its third major outage just last week. That reality combined with those high costs makes a case for adding another level of data protection for cloud workloads.

Cloud-Enabled Data Protection Makes the Difference

What’s needed is a way for you to take advantage of all the benefits of the cloud while limiting your risks. That means taking data protection to the next level with multi-cloud and cross-cloud backup, disaster recovery, and high availability. And that’s precisely what Arcserve’s Business Continuity Cloud delivers. Powered by a unified, cloud-based management interface, Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud lets you protect your entire IT ecosystem—on-premises and in the cloud. Here are some of Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud’s key benefits:

Prevent Downtime

Even complex, multi-generational IT infrastructures are protected from data loss and downtime with the only integrated cloud-native, cloud-based, and cloud-ready business continuity data solution.

Meet Stringent SLAs

With Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud, you can reduce your recovery time and recovery point objectives (RPOs, RTOs) to seconds and meet your SLA commitments.

Automate Testing

The best way to be confident of recovery after a data disaster is to test and validate your ability to recover ahead of time. Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud automates testing and provides granular reports to key data protection stakeholders.

Securely Migrate Data and Scale

Safely move large volumes of data to and from the cloud—without draining bandwidth. And you can quickly scale and pay-as-you-grow without adding more tools or management interfaces.

Restore Data Immediately

Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud lets you immediately restore access to critical systems and applications after an outage or disaster—including after a successful ransomware attack.

Ensure Corporate Compliance

With Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud’s built-in compliance capabilities, legal discovery and audits are simplified.

The Right Cloud Workload Solution for Your Enterprise

Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud gives you a range of data protection solutions to choose from, including:Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct is the only direct-to-cloud backup and disaster recovery as a service (BaaS/DRaaS) that offers complete data protection with ease of usability—and without any on-premises hardware required. Scalable and flexible, it provides always-on continuity for industry-best RTOs and RPOs.Arcserve UDP, secured by Sophos, provides ransomware-free IT, protecting your critical data from cyberattacks, detecting and reversing ransomware encryption, and ensuring you can safely recover all of your systems and data.Arcserve Email Archiving Cloud makes configuration easy with quick transfer of existing and historic emails enabled by deep API-based integration with your on-premises Microsoft Exchange or online Microsoft 365.

Backup and Recovery That Eliminates Downtime

Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud’s hosted business continuity and disaster recovery solution combines powerful backup, high availability, and email archiving technologies. With these technologies, you can rest assured that your systems and applications—on-premises or in your clouds—are protected. To learn more about Arcserve solutions, check out our free trial offer, or contact us to speak to a data protection expert.