12 Nov 2018

Maintaining effective backups in hybrid environments

Hybrid computing, using a mix of Cloud and on-premise hardware, has taken a lot of the cost and pain out of business computing, and the move to adopt it can be considered as one of the most significant changes in IT in recent times.

In the past few years, however, more people have started to interrogate this new model, in particular through the lens of that most staid, yet critically important of IT activities: backup.

If we accept that ‘hybrid’ computing results in distinct systems and data sets with the same origin stored across multiple computing ‘locations’, then how do we know where to start in terms of getting our arms around it and ensuring we’ve backed up all of the data that is critical to day-to-day operations? Or what if your SaaS provider were to go out of business, experience an outage, or suffer a security breach? All of your SaaS-hosted data such as your CRM, ERP and other business-critical data, could be rendered unavailable or disappear completely.

If your business is like most organisations, you’ve probably no idea how to get your mind around protecting your business data in Hybrid IT.

This emerging new pain-point for organisations has given rise to specialist managed services or BUaaS (back-up-as-service) providers that are ‘holistic’ in bringing order, visibility and business continuity to hybrid environments. Outsourcing this increasingly complicated and burdensome task, therefore, could be the best way for you to ensure business continuity should the worst ever happen – and here’s why:

Top 5 things a BUaaS specialist can bring an organisation operating a hybrid environment:

  1. A sophisticated understanding of how to export, remove duplicates and backup an organisation’s data residing in multiple IT platforms.
  2. Complete knowledge of data privacy and breach regulations within the context of a Hybrid IT environment. In particular, Australia’s notifiable data breach (NDB) laws and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which affect most organisations doing business in that jurisdiction.
  3. Get guaranteed visibility of all of your organisation’s systems and data, no matter the type or where it resides. Understand the limitations of independently backing up data from your SaaS products.
  4. A firm grasp of leading data protection and storage technologies to have you up-and-running again should there be a problem, with minimal delay. Brennan IT uses software vendors with best-in-breed technologies to give you the ideal solution; for example, Commvault and Veeam are utilised for multi-Cloud backup, whilst Zerto’s hypervisor replication technologies is used to allow for super-fast migrations, and Huawei’s OceanStor is earning wide-spread praise amongst enterprise customers for massively scale-out high-speed storage.
  5. Strong existing relationships with key cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure; combined with an intimate understanding of their various data protection interfaces, security and service level agreements (SLAs).


It is certainly a very interesting time in the evolution of business technology. Cloud and server virtualisation technologies have given even the smallest organisations the confidence to think, and the power to act, big.

However, as companies become more reliant on increasingly complex network of systems and the growing volumes of data powering and generated by them, the importance of having the most robust policies and procedures in place for backing up critical business information has never been greater.

With more than 20-years’ experience providing IT solutions to Australian companies, Brennan IT is ideally placed to help your organisation realise the impressive benefits of hybrid IT environments, whilst making sure that the core fundamentals never change – including ensuring your business continuity and security measures are watertight no matter how complex your environment. Connect with one of our engineers today to get the best of both worlds for your organisation.

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