Conventional backup does not cut it

August 11th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

 

Most existing backup solutions are failing to give businesses the data protection they need, creating a gap between business requirements and IT performance. It is no longer unusual for customers or employees to need information and services to be available around the clock, according to Warren Olivier, Veeam Regional Manager for Southern Africa. The always-on business needs constant, reliable data availability.

Conventional backup methods have not kept up. Solutions that are affordable offer recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTPOs), measured on hours or even days, which isn’t good enough anymore. To get RTPOs down to the minutes that contemporary businesses need requires them to invest in expensive business continuity solutions that are only affordable for a few, absolutely critical applications.

Conventional backup solutions are falling behind in other ways too. As data volumes increase IT managers are worried that even when backups complete successfully, it might not be possible to restore from them. Backups need to be tested regularly, but this can’t happen if that takes hours or days each time.

The key metrics are how long it takes to back up, how long it takes to restore, and whether restoration can be completed successfully every time. Virtualisation technology has enabled a new approach to data protection, treating an entire server as just another file that can be copied, compressed, encrypted and sent across a network.

New tools such as the Veeam Availability Suite allow businesses to take advantage of this new speed and flexibility, offering high-speed recovery, protection against data loss, and verification. Because backups can also now be copied and used as production-identical test environments, development teams can eliminate many deployment problems. In the end, a backup is no good on its own: What matters more is whether users can recover from it, and how quickly.

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