Protecting Your Data: Reliable and Hybrid Disaster Recovery Systems

Jason Wu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Storage at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, discussed World Backup Day. While you may not know about it, you’re likely familiar with data backup’s importance. 

World Backup Day, initiated by the online community Reddit, is observed on March 31st, just before April Fool’s Day. It aims to remind everyone to back up their data and recommend various online backup options for enhanced data security. On March 31st, Alibaba Cloud partnered with the National Engineering Laboratory for Disaster Backup and Recovery for a World Backup Day event.

Building Strong Disaster Recovery Systems for Data Security

At the event’s live broadcast, Professor Xin Yang discussed the importance of using tools like the cloud for protecting data security through disaster recovery infrastructure. Professor Xin holds several key roles, including Deputy Director of the National Engineering Laboratory for Disaster Backup and Recovery, Director of Cybersecurity at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Executive Vice President of the Beijing Information Disaster Recovery Technology Industry Alliance, and Doctoral Advisor.

Professor Xin emphasizes the crucial role of disaster recovery technology in supporting national cybersecurity strategies and advancing IT development. Disaster recovery centers are essential for constructing data centers and developing new infrastructure. Cloud disaster recovery is poised to drive significant advancements in this field, requiring cloud providers to innovate, particularly in private network capabilities. It’s imperative to enhance data privacy protection technologies, broaden the scope of disaster recovery, and reduce associated costs. China should enhance its regulatory framework for cloud disaster recovery standards and empower industry associations. Additionally, strict penalties should be enforced to uphold data privacy requirements.

Cloud Facilitates Disaster Recovery

Alibaba Cloud, a key player in cloud disaster recovery, remains dedicated to creating new and improved disaster recovery solutions. Wu Jiesheng, a senior researcher and head of intelligent storage at Alibaba Cloud, highlighted the significance of disaster recovery in today’s digital era. He emphasized how the cloud simplifies disaster recovery processes, underscoring its importance in advancing technology.

Cloud disaster recovery solutions provide better use of resources compared to traditional methods. They also cut IT expenses, encourage business creativity, and make routine drills easier, ensuring dependable, manageable, and transparent data protection. Leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s robust technical expertise and wide range of products, Alibaba Cloud Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) backs up databases, files, big data, and virtual machines. With a data reliability of 99.999999999%, HBR offers storage that can be expanded almost limitlessly as needed.

Strengths and Key Techniques of Alibaba Cloud Disaster Recovery

Alibaba Cloud offers user-friendly online backup services that are affordable and straightforward. These services provide quick, secure, and reliable solutions for data protection, including data stored in Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Apsara File Storage NAS, Object Storage Service (OSS), and on-premises data centers. By combining local storage performance with cloud-based redundancy, these solutions offer the best of both worlds. They not only ensure data security but also make cloud backup more cost-effective for businesses.

1) Deduplication and Compression for Fast Cloud Migration

While businesses may desire a robust backup solution, they might find it costly. Alibaba Cloud HBR tackles this challenge by employing advanced technologies like deduplication and compression, along with smart data management policies. This helps clear out old backup data or transfer it to more affordable storage options, reducing the need for excessive storage and data transmission. As a result, customers benefit from quicker backups at a lower expense.

2) Backup Alerting and Data Encryption

HBR offers a feature that sends alerts to chosen contacts if a backup fails or if there’s a disconnection. It also automatically supports AES256 encryption, AccessKey authorization encryption, and HTTPS transmission encryption, adding extra security to your backups.

3) Fully Managed Services for a Wide Range of Scenarios

With HBR, your backup data is securely stored in cloud vaults, saving you from worrying about hardware setup, security, and other technical matters. It’s versatile and suits various needs like data backup in data centers, Alibaba Cloud, managing backups across different offices, and workflow-based data backups. HBR offers businesses a smart, cost-effective, and safe way to ensure their data is always protected.


As of the latest reports, public cloud storage surpassed personal device storage capacity in 2020 and It’s anticipated that public cloud storage will account for 50% of total storage by 2025. Forrester reports indicate a growing trend of enterprises adopting cloud backup, archiving, and disaster recovery solutions for cost-effectiveness. This rise in cloud adoption aligns with the heightened emphasis on information security as a national strategy, underscoring the importance of cloud disaster recovery for economic development.

In collaboration with YVOLV, businesses can confidently navigate these evolving trends. Have you backed up your data yet? Stay tuned to our Tech Show series to discover Alibaba’s latest advancements in core technologies and product updates from our top senior experts.

Syed Zayn
Author: Syed Zayn

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