It’s interesting to look back over the predictions about the direction the backup and disaster recovery (BDR) space would take in 2020. In the fall of 2019, when the industry was making plans for the year ahead, no one knew we’d face overwhelming challenges. The year brought a pandemic, stay-at-home orders, a rapid transition to remote work, increased cyberattack activity, and natural disasters that severely impacted regions of the United States. Although some IT sales slowed or stagnated due to these crises, BDR offered managed services providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) potential for growth. Moreover, BDR trends we observed moving into 2020 continued to gain momentum and evolved in response to the challenges that confronted businesses. Looking ahead, consider these BDR trends in your planning for 2021:
More businesses are realizing they aren’t limited to using one cloud. A multicloud strategy provides an easy path to redundancy for data backups, but it also enables businesses to choose clouds (and cloud pricing) that suit specific needs. For example, businesses and organizations in healthcare or financial services must comply with regulatory requirements for storing sensitive data. With a multicloud strategy, they can choose a cloud certified to comply with those requirements, while using different clouds for other data, providing greater control over cloud costs.
The trend of using multiple clouds is significant. MarketsandMarkets forecasts that the multicloud management market is on a growth trajectory from $1.169 billion in 2017 to $4.493 billion in 2022, a CAGR of 30.9 percent.
Adoption of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), which replicates a business’ physical or virtual services to provide failover during a crisis, continues to increase. DRaaS eliminates the burden of DR from in-house IT and also ensures that businesses with mission-critical operations in the cloud can get the recovery time objective (RTO), recovery point objective (RPO), and other service levels they need. Additionally, clouds designed for DRaaS offer seamless integration with backup appliances and solutions.
DRaaS will continue to be a top BDR trend in 2021. Verified Market Research reports that the DRaaS market grew to $4.75 billion in 2019, and it’s projected to grow at a CAGR of 41.6 percent from 2020 to 2027 to total $38.91 billion.
3Backup for Mobile Users
With the increase in operations supported through mobile devices, MSPs and VARs may find opportunities to create backup solutions for mobile platforms and desktop operating systems. An EC-Council blog points out that ensuring your clients can restore mobile data after a disaster can add value to the solutions you provide.
It may also be beneficial for your clients to consider backing up data from Internet of Things (IoT) systems that they use or plan to deploy in 2021.
Automating backup and disaster recovery is another BDR trend to watch in 2021. Scheduling and backing up data automatically will continue, but the role automation plays will expand with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to prioritize data during recovery, archive or delete data based on relevance and keep data safe by detecting and stopping malicious behavior.
BDR Trends that Persist
As technology advances and businesses’ networks expand both in functionality and geography, BDR solutions will grow more complex. Additionally, as companies continue to adapt to remote workforces, some for the long term, they will require new BDR strategies to keep all of their data secure and accessible.
In 2021 — and beyond — businesses will need MSPs and VARs with expertise, including current and emerging BDR trends, to help them ensure that their solutions are configured, tested and monitored adequately. Providing these services allows you to add value by giving BDR the attention it requires. You’ll also enable them to devote more of their attention to their core businesses and have the assurance that, if disaster strikes, you’ll help them quickly get operations running again.