1. Manual Backups
This retail giant’s earlier backup strategy was highly simplistic and de-centralized. Endpoints backed up to whatever storage medium was available in their local offices (or retail stores). And the backup process was manual – which meant that somebody had to take the responsibility to perform such backups at a predictable frequency. For a while, the team was happy with this type of local, on-premise storage backup, since they perceived it as offering them an assurance of having greater control over data security and privacy.
However, they soon came to realize that such a great reliance on human involvement meant a much higher chance of potential failures in backing up critical business data which consequently could cause data losses. There was also unclear accountability when such data losses occurred. It became clear to them that it was important to implement a streamlined and automated backup process that would not only reduce manual intervention, but also increase reliability, predictability, and speed in the backup process – thus guaranteeing a significantly higher level of data protection.