Did cloud kill backup? | Network World


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With enterprises rapidly adopting hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure and migrating traditional workloads to the cloud, distributed architectures have become de-facto standard, but traditional backup and recovery strategies have not kept pace. A new cloud-first approach to data protection is required.

According to IDC, 70% of CIOs have a cloud-first strategy, and it is safe to assume most enterprises have a multi-cloud infrastructure, deploying applications on the best suited cloud whether private, public or managed. This evolution to multi-cloud has created two transformative shifts that are disrupting the application tier of the infrastructure world.

First, next-generation applications born in the cloud are being deployed on next-generation distributed, non-relational databases such as Apache Cassandra, MongoDB, Apache HBase, and many others. As non-relational databases, they offer high-availability but compromise consistency. For analytics applications, businesses are now rapidly deploying either on-premises analytical data-stores such as Apache HDFS / Hadoop or cloud-native databases such as Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery. To further complicate matters, these next-generation applications are deployed both on public cloud infrastructure and on-premise private clouds.

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