Veeam Software has highlighted the top cloud trends for 2023. These are:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
As organizations of all sizes now embrace hybrid cloud architectures, it’s not a one-way journey to the cloud that diminishes the importance of the modern data center. According to the Cloud Protection Trends Report 2023, 88% of organizations brought workloads back from the cloud to their data center for one or more reasons, including development, cost/performance optimization, or disaster recovery.
The trend of fluid movement between multi-hybrid cloud storage strategies has intensified, especially given the growing adoption of cloud-based tools and services. Based on this multi-faceted approach, organizations have reached a point where long-term retention plays a bigger role in IT strategy. This is a particularly sensitive point involving the protection of data specific to the prevention of data loss.
This highlights the need for 2023 data protection strategies to provide consistent protection and the ability to migrate, as workloads move from data center to cloud, cloud to data center, or from a cloud to another cloud.
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
There are several reasons why majority organizations back up their M365 data. As data protection strategies have evolved and ransomware continues to be a major concern, most organizations are delegating backup responsibilities to backup specialists, instead of requiring each workload owner (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) protects its own data. The CPT report found that a promising majority of 89% use third-party backup/BaaS or enhanced levels of Microsoft 365 for legal hold, or both. This fuels the progression of backup becoming a conventional component left to the traditional backup administrator versus the application team. More importantly, these use cases go beyond traditional backup and long-term retention scenarios.
- Backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (BaaS/DRaaS)
Although there are many notions about what backup as a service means for organizations, most view it as running through the cloud or as a service with an MSP to improve operational efficiency. For DRaaS, it’s more about gaining expertise. For a more concise interpretation, BaaS is noted as spanning more on tactical improvements, and DRaaS is more useful to the business by generating strategic advantages.
Special note for managed service providers offering cloud-based data protection solutions: Many organizations have started with self-managed backup using cloud storage. But, later, they moved to an MSP to leverage more capability expertise. These changes are seen as having a prolific impact due to increased optimism around hybrid, multi and the importance of a comprehensive data protection strategy.
— Dave Russell, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Veeam Software.