Storing, securing and managing the rapidly increasing store of corporate data remains a top priority for business and IT leaders. According to IDG Research, 44 percent of business leaders will be spending more on cloud infrastructure to support corporate data stores next year. They’re targeting these investments to support the overload of data and devices they’re now forced to manage. The challenges of backing up corporate data in this new world of massive data stores and myriad mobile devices has made organizations come to realize that significant information assets reside on end users’ desktop and laptop computers, and increasingly, these edge devices are falling under the auspices of enterprise governance and risk compliance objectives. Every large enterprise is looking for better solutions to the problem of protecting and preserving data outside the confines of the data center.
As workers use multiple mobile devices to drive their daily business activities, more of your critical corporate data exists outside the controls of the traditional data center and at the edge of the corporate network. These mobile or “edge” devices can be a tremendous boon to productivity, yet they also pose significant security risks. There are several security risks unique to mobile devices and risks of data loss when devices fail, when they’re compromised, or simply when they’re lost or stolen. With all this corporate data out there on a plethora of mobile devices, the need for fast and effective data backup and recovery services is more critical than ever. Current data management strategies and infrastructure are insufficient to manage the workload of increasing corporate data stores and an increasingly mobile workforce. The modern enterprise needs more flexible and scalable solutions to manage and protect data outside the confines of the data center. Organizations must deal with the current realities of data management, device management and risk management challenges.
Efficient corporate data management practices must include all storage functions: backup, restore, data maintenance along with data protection policy compliance. That also includes regularly scheduled system and data updates, secure access, and a reaction plan in the event of lost or stolen devices and data. CIOs and IT executives charged with data management need to balance requirements for both the short-term needs for immediate access and long-term retention requirements. And cost is also a factor, not just infrastructure expenses, but also continued expenses for services and the hidden expenses of impact on the corporate network and other aspects of the infrastructure.
Backup as a Service (BaaS) addresses these challenges by focusing on data de-duplication, meaning you never back up the same data twice. This greatly expedites backup and recovery efforts, and positions BaaS to more efficiently manage the rapidly increasing corporate data store. Data deduplication can be deployed to reduce the seemingly insatiable need for more and more disk or tape capacity, as well as to deliver the efficiency of data transmission over the network, lowering total cost of ownership.
Unisys Backup as a Service utilizing EMC Avamar technology for the daily capture of unique change information provides a single edge-to-data-center backup architecture that delivers fast, daily full backups for desktops and laptops through existing IP network links. Supporting data protection polices, Unisys Backup as a Service provides longer period retentions: weekly monthly, quarterly, yearly coverage uses both Data Domain and ATMOS cloud storage for archival purposes.
Avamar’s intuitive interface enables users to easily recover their own data anywhere at any time without IT staff intervention. This frees up the IT staff to work on other projects and empowers end-users to work at their own pace.
With built-in security and scalability, our BaaS solution is ideal for protecting data across the entire enterprise. Unisys Backup as a Service can provide the scalability, the flexibility and reliability to handle the epic increase in the amount of data and variety of devices that now full under the purview of corporate control, and do so with a degree of flexibility, scalability and reduced cost that suits the needs of the modern enterprise.
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