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Adapting your data backup strategies for a post-pandemic world

Across the business world, one of the most noticeable impacts of the pandemic has been a widespread increase in focus on workplace modernization. Companies are turning away from the old model of managing IT, which largely consisted of in-house data centers and countless devices that fed off of them; instead, they’re turning more toward flexible approaches based on Software as a Service (SaaS) providers and managed service providers (MSPs). And it doesn’t look like these are temporary changes, either. The same strategies that helped businesses weather the pandemic may help them thrive after it, too.

There are plenty of challenges, though, as SearchDataBackup recently noted. Jaspreet Singh, CEO of Druva, pointed out that many business leaders have been forced to scrap their IT budgets and start over, as they were previously paying for massive amounts of resources that are now unusable – office space, IT systems, data centers, and more.

Furthermore, companies today have to worry about a wide range of potential IT disasters. What happens if remote users can’t access their data, or can’t reach their co-workers? What if their VPNs don’t work, or their collaboration solutions go down? What about potential cyberattacks?

For all of these reasons and more, data backup has become a top priority. And among many business leaders, a realization is setting in – managing all of their backup themselves is not a realistic option. They need some help.

“There’s a wide spectrum of customers,” Singh said. “There are companies who love their backup architecture – they want to deploy infrastructure [and] build, manage and own everything. And there’s a middle tier of customers who like the “as a service” model, of letting somebody else take care of security and management of data protection, and they get all the benefits of it. And that segment’s starting to do very, very well.”

So what’s your organization’s strategy for data backup? Whatever it is, it would behoove you to focus not merely on cost in the short term, but instead think about your long-term strategy for managing remote and hybrid workers and ponder how backup can support that strategy. SearchDataBackup reported that more organizations today are focusing on interoperability – they’re looking into complex options involving multiple clouds so they can adopt a “best of all worlds” strategy. They want everyone to be covered, everywhere.

At Zones, we can help make that happen. We offer a Backup as a Service (BaaS) solution that helps you manage all of your data in a way that’s safe and cost-effective. This is a managed service offering, built on Microsoft Azure, that lets you back your data up and restore it directly from Microsoft 365. And thanks to Zones’ team of data management experts, who are available 24/7, we will always be there to help you restore your files quickly, no matter what sort of IT calamity befalls you, or when.

This is just one aspect of the many-fold approach Zones is taking to Workplace Modernization today. We understand as well as anyone that the nature of work is changing – we’ve lived it ourselves, as remote and hybrid work have become a regular part of how we do business. So we know the importance of adapting to the new normal, and we’d love to work with you on doing just that. Whether it’s ramping up your data backup or anything else related to the challenges of business today, Zones is here for you. Connect with us today if you’d like to discuss your IT needs.

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