At the Core
24 March 15

Copying Isn’t Cheating: Why Cloud Data Replication Is Best For Your Business

At this stage in the game, just about everyone has figured out that cloud computing can be used for adding an extra layer of security to a business' data. If you have important files that you don't want corrupted, you can rely upon cloud backup for storing extra copies of those files that might come in handy later.

"Whenever data goes missing, it's good to have backup files at the ready."

This process can have a big impact in certain situations, such as user errors that lead to lost files and catastrophic events that bring about a need for disaster recovery. Whenever data goes missing, it's good to have backup files at the ready.

There's a growing sentiment that cloud backup isn't enough, though. The new hot topic is data replication. What's the difference, and how can replication be a valuable resource for your business? Read on and find out.

The distinction between backup and replication
For many business IT leaders, the first order of business is to answer a fundamental question – what's the difference between backing up data and replicating it, anyway? According to IT Brief, the two terms sound alike, but they're not the same.

Backing up data consists of moving copies of files into remote locations at a specific time and place. The process is scheduled at a certain interval. Replication is a different procedure – it works in real time. Two or more computing resources are working in parallel, and data is being shared constantly among multiple sites.

Restoring data from backups is a reliable process, but it's never instantaneous – there's always going to be downtime, and this can derail the productivity of any business. Having a replication process in place can speed the disaster recovery process along by allowing for instant access to important data.

Nimble is redefining data storage
One industry leader that's doing a great deal to improve the data replication process is Nimble. ChannelWorld notes that Nimble is a "100 percent channel-centric organization," which helps companies to replicate their files using whatever specific process works best for them.

Radhika Krishnan, vice president of product marketing at Nimble, told the news source that users today can meet their performance and capacity requirements by combining multiple computing resources, such as flash and spinning disks, thereby adapting more easily to their cloud environments.

Every company needs fast and secure access to its data.Every company needs fast and secure access to its data.

"We allow customers to get the best price performance possible, provide them disk capacity, complete inbuilt data protection, easy accessibility and management," Krishnan said. "We also allow users to expand their systems, in terms of performance and capacity, without taking down their applications, which is a huge value proposition. We are, in short, delivering more value at a lower cost point while ensuring operational simplicity to the customers."

Companies today want data replication solutions that are easy, affordable and adaptable to their needs. Fortunately, such tools are available.

How Virtacore plays a role
Virtacore makes it easier for companies to replicate their data in the cloud using CoreREPLICATION, a product developed in partnership with Nimble Storage that provides easy replication and peace of mind.

This significantly expedites the process of disaster recovery – with data stored safely in the cloud, users can quickly reactivate their IT infrastructures in the event of any catastrophe. This means rapid, reliable access to files, databases, applications and email and web servers.

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