Data protection is critical for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Data loss can occur from a number of different causes including: user error, operator error, malware, hacking, or malicious insiders. Backup and Backup-as-a-Service both provide ways that you can protect your vital systems and data. However, while backups are certainly necessary, managing backups is a tedious task. Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) shifts the burden of your backups to your Managed Service Provider (MSP) and/or cloud vendor.
Instead of performing your backup with your centralized on-premises IT infrastructure, BaaS connects your protected systems to a public cloud managed by the cloud provider or MSP.
BaaS offers a number of benefit over traditional backups:
BaaS for Remote Workers
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has really changed the data protection requirements for many businesses. Now many businesses have been forced to adopt a long-term work-from-home model which means that in many cases employees don’t have the same level of data protection that they do in the office. BaaS can make a lot of sense in these situations. Moving backups to a cloud service ensures that your remote data is protected. It simplifies the backup infrastructure and management required as well as freeing IT from the need to manage a centralized backup infrastructure.
BaaS vs. DRaaS
It’s important to realize that BaaS is not the same as Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaas). There are similarities as both are cloud-based services and both provide data protection for your systems. Although it can be easy to get them confused, BaaS is about data protection and archival data while DRaaS is about rapidly restoring your essential services. In other words, BaaS is focused on long term data retention while DRaaS is focused on near term restoration of your essential workloads.
BaaS protects data by copying that data at a specific point-in-time to an off-site cloud environment. When a data loss occurs, the backup can be restored by selecting the appropriate backup snapshot and restoring it to the original environment or to a recovery environment. DRaaS focuses on speed of recovery. It typically uses replication technology to continually copy changed data from your production environment to a cloud-based recovery environment. BaaS often uses lower cost, lower performance cloud storage while DRaaS typically uses higher cost, higher performance cloud storage for the fastest possible recovery times. BaaS and DRaaS can be used together as part of a complete data protection strategy.