4 Signs You Need to Break Up with Your Legacy Backup Solution for Nutanix
Breaking up is tough; that’s true for relationships between people and between people and the technology they rely on at work. In both cases, giving up the comfort of the familiar—both the good and the bad sides—can seem less risky than striking alone to find something new.
We can’t help you decide when the time is right to upend your love life, but we can give you advice about the right time to break up with your current backup solution for your Nutanix environments. Hybrid enterprise clouds have become standard operating procedure for many IT teams as private and public cloud technologies advanced.
The odds are, though, that you’re relying on a legacy backup solution that is not only frustrating but is adversely affecting everything from your budget to your business continuity and your resources to your ransomware readiness.
Before we dive into the red flags in your backup relationship, let’s breakdown some of the reasons now is an important time to re-evaluate the way you backup and recover Nutanix-powered hybrid cloud environments.
Why now is the time to reevaluate your backup and recovery solution
In an uncertain economic climate, companies are cutting budgets—everything from business trips to advertising. But one area being spared is IT. In fact, Gartner projects a 2.4% growth in IT spending in 2023. IT spending, according to Gartner, will be resilient because much of it is locked in as recurrent spending “particularly in the managed services, cloud, SaaS, PaaS, and telecommunications markets.”
Great news, right? If the budget’s not going anywhere, why should IT teams still review their backup solution(s)?
As this CIO Dive article argues, the variability of vendor costs requires closer monitoring.
“The move to cloud and “as a Service” infrastructure, platform, software and security solutions unfixed IT costs, building flexibility into enterprise budgets. This has been a blessing and a curse for companies, particularly those that embarked on rapid migration in the race to modernize. […] While it’s relatively easy to monitor spending in a single cloud deployment, hybrid multicloud ecosystems are harder, but not impossible to manage.”
When it comes to your current backup and recovery solution, you probably rely on on-prem storage or are using a public cloud. Each way has its own costs to consider—but with so many IT infrastructure and service costs fixed in the budget, reevaluating your backup solution presents an opportunity to trim data protection-related hardware, software, licensing, cloud compute/storage costs.
Even though your budget might not be going anywhere, finding room in it with a more cost-efficient solution can help your team spend on critical areas of innovation.
Another reason why now a good time to evaluate your backup is because technology is changing faster than ever. Known as “accelerating change,” it’s the idea that technology is advancing at an exponential rate.
Think back just four months ago: how many people were using ChatGPT? None. As of January 2023, just two months after launch, it had 100 million monthly active users and became the fastest-growing consumer application in history.
Thanks to digital transformation, pandemics, and competitive pressures, IT teams have leaned into new technologies, adopting hybrid cloud environments and “as a Service” solutions. If you fall into this category and haven’t re-evaluated your backup and recovery solution lately, you’re probably missing out on new and better ways to protect your evolving tech stack.
But how do you know whether you can make do with your current solution or when it’s time to throw in the towel?
4 backup and recovery red flags for your Nutanix hybrid cloud
1. It doesn’t align with your budget goals
Many IT departments are moving away from a CapEx model—costly upfront investments in hardware and software—to an OpEx model—often relying on “as a Service” solutions. But many backup and recovery solutions still require investment in hardware, software, and maintenance to protect hybrid enterprise clouds like Nutanix.
2. There are hidden costs adding up
While backup and recovery spending isn’t the biggest line item in the IT budget, the hidden costs can add up. Beyond hardware and software costs, some data protection solutions incur unnecessary cloud compute costs, have hidden storage costs, or limit your ability to choose the best and most-efficient storage options for your environment.
3. Scaling is difficult and costly
Your hybrid Nutanix environment is dynamic, growing and shrinking to meet your needs. But if your data protection solution isn’t agile and elastic, you might be spending more time and money to scale than necessary. It’s 2023, do you really want to do sizing exercises and wait for software licenses and storage to be provisioned?
4. It takes multiple solutions to cover your entire environment
Creating a comprehensive data protection strategy for your hybrid or multi-cloud environment can be a challenge when you’re managing multiple, incompatible solutions for backup, disaster recovery, and ransomware protection. Sure, it’s a headache to learn each one, keep them up to date, and manage all of the licenses and renewals. But the real problem comes from the added risk that comes from the complexity. More variables mean more opportunities for oversights and bad actors to pierce your data protection bubble.
How to avoid throwing in the white flag on these red flags
If you find your backup and recovery technology has one or more of these red flags, it’s probably a good reason to start a conversation with your team about finding a new data protection solution. Everyone loves reducing wasteful IT spend and improving operational efficiency, right?
If that sounds good to you, it’s time to look at a modern, purpose-built data protection solution like HYCU Protégé for Nutanix. As a SaaS data protection solution, HYCU Protégé can help solve many of the biggest red flags with your backup technology. With HYCU Protégé, you won’t have to:
· Find room in the budget for additional software or hardware to get started
· Be surprised by added costs of unnecessary cloud compute resources
· Wait on new hardware, software, or storage to scale data protection alongside production environments
· Constantly manage multiple solutions, including all of the agents, maintenance, updates, and licensing headaches for each one
So, before you wave the white flag on your legacy Nutanix backup and recovery this year, join us for a special webinar to learn more about HYCU and to help you answer the question “What is legacy data protection costing you?” Register here today.