Nearly a decade ago, prominent tech journalist Mat Honan from The Wired had his worst nightmare come to life — his nearly entire digital presence, including content on his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro were wiped clean. His over a year’s worth of personal memories, which included the pictures of his young daughter, were also wiped clean. The disaster happened as hackers targeted and eventually breached Honan’s Twitter, Google, and iCloud accounts all in order to gain access to his coveted Twitter account.
Honan like many of us relied on the cloud for the backup of his personal and professional data, most of which was lost in the incident. Yet, a decade later, many organizations still believe that by merely being on the cloud, your backups are automatically taken care of by the cloud provider.
The truth however is, as discussed in our lead story this week, that data backups need to be seen as a joint responsibility of your organization and the cloud provider. Cloud providers will provide you protection only against network and hardware failures, not your business data.
Hackers, in recent years, have also been targeted backups that could make recovery from a security incident even harder if a proper backup plan is not put into place.
You can perhaps take a leaf out of some of the leading enterprises’ playbooks on how best to deal with cloud backups as we go through the same in detail in this week’s newsletter.
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Should you rely on cloud providers for backup and recovery?
There is often a misconception among organizations that cloud providers are solely responsible for ensuring backup. In reality, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Backups are the joint responsibility of an organization and its Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to ensure that there is minimal business impact in case anything goes wrong.
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With cloud, we have reduced TCO: Nagarro CTO
The billion dollar company – Nagarro – started its cloud journey in 2015 with a modernization thought process which eventually required partnering and working directly with hyperscalers.
According to Kanchan Ray, CTO, Nagarro, the cloud journey was a roller coaster ride as a lot of these platforms were quite new to the market and back then, the cloud providers used to lack the maturity that has now changed.
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CtrlS appoints Dillip Guru as SVP International DC Expansion, Renewable Energy & Edge Strategy
At CtrlS, Guru will be responsible for providing strategic direction in CtrlS ‘efforts to expand in international markets.
An accomplished industry veteran with 27 years of experience, Dillip joins CtrlS from Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he played a key role as the Head of Energy Strategy APAC based out of Singapore. Prior to Amazon, he has worked with GE, Vestas, and Power Grid Corporation of India in different leadership roles. Dillip is a postgraduate in management from National University of Singapore and holds a degree in electrical engineering from NIT Rourkela.
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Mubadala leads a $ 500M + equity round into Princeton Digital Group
Princeton Digital Group (CEO) has closed an equity investment from Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) as a lead investor for $ 350M. Both existing shareholders in GDP, Warburg Pincus and Ontario Teachers ‘Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’), also invested in this round, with the total exceeding half a billion dollars.
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RBL Bank’s CIO illustrates how to build a robust availability and backup strategy
For a bank, there’s nothing more important than delivering an ‘always-on customer experience. However, most current technologies are inadequate in ensuring this. Periodic backups that only provide a snapshot in time are not compatible with demands for Recovery Time Objective (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objective (RPOs).
Sankarson Banerjee, Chief Information Officer, RBL Bank believes that banks today have become a 24×7 business like e-commerce and the data & apps underlying the banks similarly needs to be always on. This has made modernizing backup and storage strategy has been made a business priority.
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