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Today, IT organizations are faced with a number of challenges when managing backup processes, including the need for faster backup, restore, tape copy, and recovery times. This report looks at the challenges and best practices in use today, and examines the modern backup solution that will solve these challenges forever.
Optimizing Approaches to Enterprise Backup and Recovery
IT organizations are faced with ensuring that backups occur in the shortest amount of time and are not operationally disruptive as well as maintaining a timely backup window as data continues to grow. However, because companies are demanding faster backup, restore, and recovery, many are foregoing investments in physical tape infrastructure in favor of general-purpose disk storage systems and/or purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs).
How Backup Disk Architecture Impacts the Backup Window
When data grows, backup windows expand. A common tactic today employs disk for backup combined to keep ahead of the backup window. But as Storage Switzerland Senior Analyst Colm Keegan explains, selecting the right disk architecture is critical if you want to meet today's demands and avoid costly bottlenecks - and upgrades - in the future.
How Data Deduplication Impacts Recovery
Data deduplication has clear benefits when it comes to efficiently retaining backup data on disk and replicating data offsite for disaster recovery - you save both disk space and bandwidth by employing deduplication - however, how you implement data deduplication greatly impacts backup performance as well as restore, tape copy and instant recovery performance.
Best Practices Series: Key Considerations for Purchasing Disk-based Backup
A number of questions should be asked before you acquire a disk-based backup system to avoid undesired outcomes such as not having disk backup support for other utilities in your environment and disk usage rising quickly with each backup. This paper will address some of the questions you need to ask vendors about their disk backup solution and support.
Best Practices Series: Shortcomings of Tape and the Consequences
Traditional tape backup has been a low-cost method of protecting valuable data for years. However, tape can be extremely cumbersome and time consuming, and can require a considerable amount of manual intervention to successfully perform regular backups. Some form of business impact analysis will help you understand the cost and risks of downtime.
Straight Talk about the Cloud for Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Are you looking to understand how feasible the cloud really is to meet your specific requirements for backup and disaster recovery?
Although Gartner has predicted that 30 percent of midsized companies will have adopted cloud-based DR by 2014, many IT professionals are finding that backup to the cloud is not a panacea for all environments.
Learn where the cloud is and is not a good fit by downloading Straight Talk About the Cloud for Data Backup & Disaster Recovery. You'll learn:
- How the cloud can be used for data storage, archiving, backup, and DR
- Major differences between private, public, and hybrid clouds
- Pros and cons for leveraging a range of cloud models and usage scenarios
Straight Talk About Disk Backup with Deduplication
This eBook is a "must read" if you are considering a move from tape backup to disk-based backup with deduplication. Did you know that depending on the architecture you choose, you could either improve your backup environment or go backwards? You may not be aware of the many considerations that need to be assessed.
A wrong decision could mean:
- Your backup window will continue to expand as data grows
- You'll face expensive forklift upgrades
- You will find productivity impacted due to longer restores and downtime on critical systems.
Get "Straight Talk About Disk Backup with Deduplication" today.
A Tale of Two Architectures: Why Backup Architecture Matters
If you're looking to solve your backup and recovery challenge you may be unaware of how backup architectures can make a difference. Read why scale-out architecture handles data growth very differently than a scale-up architecture. By adopting a scale-out approach the problems of data growth, processing and movement are eliminated and allow you to fix your backup window forever.