Good decisions start with data.

You’re only gonna switch because of the facts. Find the gaps in your current data management, compare us to our competition and make the decision.

Luis Cosio
Luis Cosio
Obok reference implementations
A reference implementation of Obok

We all know that nothing ever stays the same, and this has never been truer than in today’s modern IT environment. The data centers of today are evolving and changing so much, that it can be difficult to keep pace. The cloud, multi-cloud, SaaS, containers, automation, data privacy, etc. all contribute to this increasing rate of change. When your existing backup solution comes up for maintenance renewal or a major refresh, you need to take a moment to re-evaluate if the time for change is now.

By taking a structured approach, you can quickly identify the key considerations you need to make a smart and informed decision about your disaster recovery solutions. Evaluate the current state of your backup solution and see how new technology developments may warrant change. Pose these questions to your current backup vendors as well as those you are considering to best understand their ability to meet your needs today and tomorrow. You may be surprised by the answers!

Why data protection is hard?

Roughly 80% of companies reported an incident during the past two years that required a disaster recovery plan. But on the other hand, just 18% of businesses feel very prepared to recover their data center in the event of disaster. Why the disconnect? In data protection, there is no easy answer. However, these stats highlight an important truth:

  • Business environments are changing and rules for using data are harder define.
  • The technology stack of companies is complex and integration is difficult.
  • The information security technology marketplace is changing rapidly.
  • The cost of protecting data is high. The cost of not protecting it is growing.
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Figure 1: Gartner Survey Analysis: IT Disaster Recovery in 2017, Mark Jaggers, 1 Dec. 2017
Figure 2: Forrester The State of Business Technology Resiliency, Q2 2017 Survey

“Simplified data backup and recovery processes for complex systems and an ever-growing data environment in a regulated industry.”
- One of our happy customers

Before you renew, ask yourself this

We don’t need to tell you how important it is to make sure your data is in good hands. Renewals are a great time to check in and make sure your data protection software is doing what you need it to do. When it’s time to renew, we can help you out. Read the five most important questions to ask before you renew.

  • Can I really manage all of our data with this solution?

  • Is it both simple to use and flexible?

  • Is your solution “future proof”?

  • Does the math work?

Ready for change? What are the risks?

If you’re not happy with your answers to the questions outlined above, you’re ready to change your disaster recovery solution. But what about the risks involved with making a switch? Change is always a little nerve-wracking, especially when a misstep may mean downtime or data loss. Before taking this final step, be sure any solutions you evaluate have given you satisfactory answers for the prior questions. Lastly, when it comes to the migration itself, ask these questions:

  • How fast can the new solution be ready to backup your data?

  • How long will it take to transition your existing backup workloads to the new solution? Is that process automated or will it be manually intensive?

  • How much of your team’s time is required? Are there additional services or training needed to be ready? What are the associated costs? If you’re short-staffed, is there an option to have the new vendor manage your environment remotely for you?

  • What’s the full cost of your current solution, including new hardware, software, and installation? What do those costs look like as you scale? What about next month? Next quarter? Next year? Do those costs change?

  • What’s the customer support experience like? What are their SLAs? How easy are they to engage for all of your sites and team members globally?

  • Lastly, what do you do about the old backup data? Is there a way to migrate important backups to the new solution?

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