Many of the concepts and practices for data protection in general, and backup/recovery (B/R) in particular, have not changed since they were developed in the client/server era.
The basic architecture of these products was designed for array-based data recovery before the concepts of virtualisation and containerization were introduced. Even today, backup/recovery is performed on a periodic, preset schedule that is still mostly limited to once per day.
These daily backups are supplemented with journals, snapshots, and other replicas (e.g., clones) in between backups to improve the recovery point objective (RPO) and the recovery time objective (RTO).
Given our shift to hybrid IT infrastructures, FutureCIO invited Alistair Green, SVP for cloud engineering, Japan and Asia Pacific at Oracle to give us an assessment of where enterprises are today when it comes to Securing and Optimising Hybrid Cloud Backups in Asia.
1. Where are we today regarding the state of backups and recovery practices and technologies (in Asia)?
2. Speaking of hybrid, why is it important to secure and optimize hybrid cloud backups and how would you describe the state of backup and recovery in APAC?
3. Is not technology and best practices sufficiently mature for enterprises to be comfortable that they are compliant as regards keeping DATA and systems protected?
4. Can you elaborate on some of the advantages of hybrid cloud backups versus only implementing local backups or cloud backups when it comes to disaster recovery?
5. Can you describe critical factors for enterprises to consider in choosing the ideal data backup solution, and to move from local backups or cloud backups to hybrid cloud backups?
6. Given the options of hybrid cloud backups and the technologies behind them, whether it is a combination of public/private cloud services or a mix of cloud service and on-prem infrastructure, what is your recommendation for CIOs?
7. Coming into 2024, there is growing interest in technologies like generative AI for example, should CIOs be distracted by these technologies as regards securing and optimising hybrid cloud backups?