Best Practices for Multi-Cloud Backup Monitoring

The Bocada Team | September 8, 2020

Organizations are reaping the benefits of using both AWS and Azure in their IT operations, including speed, flexibility, data sovereignty, and best-in-class resources. Despite these organizational benefits, data protection operations continue to suffer from the classic challenges found in on-prem architectures: disparate systems with no efficient way to visualize backup health, standalone assets being left unknowingly unprotected, poor integration with existing software, and storage usage concerns.

Through automated backup and data protection monitoring, powered by Bocada, many of these classic challenges can be overcome. Organizations can enjoy the upsides of migrating to multi-cloud architectures while ensuring that strong data protection operations are in place.

Centralize Cloud Backup Monitoring

Transitioning to cloud or multi-cloud backup doesn’t remove the typical challenge faced by backup admins: having to regularly pull, normalize, and consolidate raw data into performance reports. It’s a process that can take hours each day and is prone to human error.

Bocada’s highly customizable Job Trends Report automates this process, letting you isolate AWS and Azure backups and easily identify failures that need attention.

Identify Unprotected Cloud Assets

Cloud operations often lead to assets being spun up quickly, often with no notification to the backup team let alone the implementation of a backup policy. Yet cloud assets are equally at risk from cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and other data corruption as on-prem resources.

By automating cloud asset protection, backup admins have an efficient way to isolate unprotected assets and quickly implement the right backup policies. For instance, Bocada’s AWS Asset Protection Report lets admins quickly visualize protected versus unprotected assets and develop a punch list of assets that need improved data protection.

Monitor Cloud Storage Usage

Storage has always been a major focus area in the backup category. However, the use of cloud backup tools has shifted underlying storage challenge issues. It used to be that storage capacity was the biggest issue with insufficient storage leading to backup failures.

Because cloud storage is near infinite, it’s not capacity but rather overall consumption and optimization that is the primary concern. If left unchecked storage usage can skyrocket and teams will find themselves with unexpected and unbudgeted storage expenses.

Using Bocada’s Storage Trends Reports, admins can isolate AWS and Azure storage usage. This lets admins identify usage trends and modify backup strategies to stay within expected usage and spending ranges.