Top 10 Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery and Data Center Storage Stories of 2021


Here are Computer Weekly’s 10 best articles on cloud storage, disaster recovery, and the pandemic in 2021.

Theses are apparently disparate fields, but very closely related. The rise of the cloud has seen it emerge as a key site for disaster recovery, and more so during the pandemic, which has driven the adoption of the cloud in general. But there’s also the feeling that the cloud solves everything, and it doesn’t, as seen here, and there are effects – of the pandemic and Brexit – on compliance.

The articles here also highlight the main ways disaster recovery (DR) has changed during the pandemic, as well as the devil in the details of disaster recovery using cloud DR. We’re also looking at another key cloud workload – namely archiving – but there are downsides as well, and we’re looking at an organization that has brought backup and archiving back in-house.

There were also articles that delve into the key considerations for SMBs in cloud disaster recovery and who is the best at what in disaster recovery among hyperscalers.

And finally, we look at customer deployments of in-house storage technologies that are still very heavily represented, despite the move to the cloud, with flash storage at the Scottish Department of Agriculture and an oil and gas company that has abandoned storage and servers for hyper-converged. Infrastructure.

1. Five Ways Disaster Recovery Changes In A Pandemic

The Covid-19 has changed IT. Previously, remote working was a measure of business continuity, but now it’s the norm. This means that disaster recovery must adapt to new risks and new ways of reacting.

2. Disaster recovery in the cloud: the devil is in the details

We examine cloud disaster recovery and the potential complexities that can arise from failures and partial restores, as well as the challenges of reconfiguring network and security.

3. Cloud archiving: a perfect use case, but beware of costs and exit issues

The benefits of cloud archiving are its ease of use and adaptability to potential latency issues, but IT teams should be aware of the costs and issues of moving data from and between clouds.

4. France TV repatriates backup and archiving from the public cloud

France Télévisions Publicité, not always having access to critical data, has decided to repatriate backup and archiving from the cloud to on-site locations, with the help of a managed service.

5. Cloud storage compliance pitfalls: post-pandemic and post-Brexit

We take a look at the key areas of cloud storage compliance that may trip you up, with shared responsibility with cloud providers and data residency among the most important.

6. Disaster recovery for SMEs: five key areas to consider

We take a look at key disaster recovery considerations for SMBs, including why backup isn’t enough, how to create a disaster recovery plan, disaster recovery testing best practices, and recovery as a service.

7. Big Three Cloud DR: Who’s Best at What?

We take a look at cloud disaster recovery from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google to see which is best for turnkey solution delivery, portfolio scope, and modular building blocks.

8. SME backup: the card manufacturer abandons tapes only for the Nakivo 3-2-1 configuration

IG Design Group benefits from a modern backup regime with data retained on disk, in the cloud and long term on tape, which has enabled it to reduce backup and restore times.

9. Oil and Gas Company Halves Backup License Cost With Hycu Move

Summit E&P made a strategic transition to Nutanix hyper-converged and away from NetApp and VMware and wanted a backup capable of handling virtual machines and physical servers.

10. Scottish farm grants agency cuts development time with Pure 100% flash

The rural management ditched the EMC flash hybrid SAN for all-flash pure-flash storage and cut development time in half, while testing the Cloud Block Store beta and planning a container project.


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