There will and should always be a healthy debate within organizations between the desirability of ensuring the speed and recoverability of data and the cost of doing so. At the end of the day, the business has to weigh the financial demands against the risk of data and reputational loss. One of the major benefits of cloud backup, especially for smaller organizations, is that in a tight financial environment the RPO and RTO requirement can be “dialed back” to meet financial constraints. Asigra provides good flexibility for its customers to adjust their backup priorities and schema dynamically to meet their financial imperatives.
Action Item: When backup is outsourced to the Cloud, organizations need to ensure there are clear organizational mechanisms for executive management to understand and execute the decisions to change backup priorities and meet budget imperatives. The Cloud vendors needs to provide (and in Asigra’s case do provide) the tools to determine backup volumes, improve the process (e.g., identifying duplicate files), predict budget overruns and the functional capability to dynamically adjust backup priorities, methods and costs.