Every CTO, CIO and CEO knows that backups matter. Disk and tape have been the most popular media types for backups. But object storage is quickly becoming the preferred option, especially to organizations with large remote workforces.
Why Use Cloud Object Storage for Backups?
Cloud object storage hosts unstructured data in the cloud. Object storage complements the cloud because it is flexible, scaling easily into multiple petabytes to support unlimited data growth. The objects consist of image files, HTML pages, binaries, video, executables and user-generated content — mostly unstructured data that is unlikely to be altered.
Most of the hardware used to store backup data can’t sustain the expansive growth of data. Certain systems deliver fast backups and recovery but are expensive to scale. Tape is cost effective but presents a slower recovery process. Public cloud is inexpensive but has slow recovery speeds and higher risks since organizations turn over control of their data.
Cloud object storage won’t run out of space, which is a common complaint with disk or tape backup products. Costs are generally lower than other types of storage.
How Object Storage Is Different
Object storage volumes work as modular units. Each is a self-contained repository that owns the data. A unique identifier allows the object to exist in a distributed system, and the metadata describes the data. That metadata is an important element and features details such as age, privacies, securities and access contingencies.
Object storage metadata descriptions also can be extremely elaborate including storing information such as where a video was shot, what camera was used and what actors are featured in each frame. To retrieve the data, the storage operating system uses the metadata and identifiers. (Administrators can apply policies to perform even more robust searches.)
Object storage and policy-based archiving in the cloud should provide simple and inexpensive ways to manage costs while still meeting all of data access needs, from x86 through mainframe.
Unfortunately, the anticipated cost savings often fall far short of expectations. Why? Because the leading cloud offerings are often complicated to administer and cost more than advertised. An assortment of hidden and confusing charges – PUT, GET, POST, Metadata lookup, API calls, egress fees and others – result in pages of indecipherable monthly bills and unpredictable charges.
Recovery Point Difference
Cloud object storage should deliver exactly as promised – a readily scalable, high performance archiving solution with a low and predictable cost structure. That’s why Recovery Point promotes:
Competitive Pricing — Our prices are competitive with most popular platforms but without their frustrating latency issues and murky egress fees. Our solutions are similar to AWS S3, but with better performance, lower cost and no transaction, egress or private network fees.
Ease of Single Contract — Our customers manage all of their data, from mission critical applications to regulatory archives, under a single, affordable contract.
In addition, Recovery Point’s mainframe clients benefit from z/Archive, our low-cost object storage solution using Transparent Cloud Tiering from IBM. Migration level 2 data is securely archived to low-cost cloud object storage. Integration with z/OS through DFSMShsm reduces CPU utilization by eliminating constraints tied to tape methodologies. This structure helps customers control the relentless growth of data and reduce capital and operating expenses with direct data transfer from DS8XXX and TS77XX to Recovery Point’s S3 compatible object storage platforms.
Object Storage Immutable Feature
By leveraging Veeam’s immutable storage backups, Recovery Point can store those backups in our S3 compatible object storage platforms, while protecting stored backup data from deletion and alteration. Consider the benefits of this: Leveraging an immutable copy of your backup data ensures that there is an untouched version of that source data that is always recoverable and safe from any failure scenario.
Recovery Point’s cloud object storage can take your backup strategy to the next level. Get started today by calling a Recovery Point expert at 877-445-4333 or contact us.