Understanding the Shared Responsibility Model and Its Impacts on Cloud Data Protection


Everyone involved with IT and business operations recognizes that data is your organization’s most vital asset. Much of that data is being stored in public clouds, with a recent CRN article projecting public cloud services spending will reach nearly $600 billion this year. The same article notes that cloud downtime can cost users $100,000 an hour. For a large enterprise, that number can be much higher.

And don’t think it won’t happen to you. High-profile cloud outages have hit Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) this year. That’s why everyone in your organization needs to understand the shared responsibility model and the importance of cloud data protection. 

Right now, that isn’t the case. Statista found that 87 percent of board members didn’t understand the shared responsibility model. Another survey by CRA Business Intelligence found that 25 percent of respondents had trouble understanding the shared responsibility model. Let’s clear that up now.

TechTarget defines the shared responsibility model as “a cloud security framework that dictates the security obligations of a cloud computing provider and its users to ensure accountability.” The Microsoft Azure version of the model states, “For all cloud deployment types, you own your data and identities. You're responsible for protecting the security of your data and identities, on-premises resources, and the cloud components you control” (emphasis added).

That’s why data protection in the cloud is more critical than ever.

Ensuring Public Cloud Data Protection

With responsibility for data protection squarely in your hands, you must do more to protect it. Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) software is the answer. Arcserve UDP unifies protection, prevents cyberattacks, and eliminates extended downtime across your cloud, local, virtual, hyperconverged, and SaaS-based workloads. That ensures multi-cloud data protection if you use more than one provider.

Arcserve UDP delivers more than data protection. It also ensures fast recovery, reducing downtime from days to minutes and validating recovery time and recovery point objectives (RPOs/RTOs) and service-level agreements (SLAs) with automated testing and granular reporting. Orchestrated recovery further reduces downtime for critical data. The software doesn’t require extensive training and deploys in minutes. 

Simplified Management Across Topologies and Platforms

With Arcserve UDP, you add a cloud-based data protection management console with multitenant capabilities. There is also the option to use a private management console. That makes it easy for you to scale hybrid business continuity topologies, locally or over long distances, with multiple sites, including service and cloud providers.

It’s simple to create data stores on the recovery point server (RPS), add the nodes you want to protect, a storage destination, and a plan. You can also efficiently perform jobs like backup, virtual standby, replication, a simple restore, or bare metal recovery.

The software offers global, source-side deduplication that enables backups to a local machine or a central RPS, local folder, or remote shared folder. And you can count on comprehensive data breach protection and cybersecurity with included AI-powered Sophos Intercept X Advanced for Server.

Regardless of the platforms you rely on, Arcserve UDP delivers complete data protection. That includes Microsoft, Linux, Amazon, Oracle, VMware, Nutanix, and now, immutable cloud storage from Wasabi.

Arcserve Partners: Delivering Data Protection Cloud Services

You can expect expert guidance and exceptional service when you work with an Arcserve technology partner. Our partners have the experience you need to ensure that your cloud data is secure and always available.

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