BACKUP AND RECOVERY REDESIGN.DO MORE WITH LESS… REALLY!
Table of Contents Backup and Recovery Redesign Yesterday’s State-of-the-Art A Better Way Give It a Test Resources from AppAssure What AppAssure Customers Say
Backup and Recovery RedesignDo more with less… really!Any company that relies on data intensiveapplications like e-mail, financial, humanre-source, customer management, andproduct development systems – andthat’s every company – is experiencingdata explosion.Mandated by legal compliance andrequired by management best practices,data protection measures includingbackup, storage, and re-trieval, are moremission-critical than ever.On top of that, demands for high availability and fast disasterrecovery are increasing.
Backup and Recovery RedesignDo more with less… really!Unfortunately, enterprise‐wide solutions that rely on tape backup areless efficient and more costly than ever.New disk‐based backup solutions that focus on application – not justdata – protection are redefining the state-of-the-art by realizingsignificant time and money savings through: data expansion moderation fast backup easy data retrieval high availability assurance and reliable disaster recovery
Yesterday’s State-of-the-ArtEnterprise-wide tape backupNot so long ago, but in the last century, companies rapidly increased their reli-ance on electronic data. E-mail and other corporate systems (financial, humanresources, product development, etc.) systems added great efficiencies. Wecan’t imagine a corporation without them. They also required new diligence fordata protection; backup, storage, and retrieval systems became mission-critical.It is still typical for an organization to relyon an enterprise-wide tape backupsystem to protect their data. Thoseenterprise-wide systems were adopted withthe expectation of gaining cost-efficienciesincluding greater leverage with hardwareand software vendors and IT staff ability tobuild expertise with one feature set.
Yesterday’s State-of-the-ArtEnterprise-wide tape backupIn reality, traditional tape backups are time and money resource drains.They don’t efficiently address disaster recovery and they actuallycomplicate everyday demands for system availability and mailbox ormessage retrieval. tapeThe scale has tipped and tape backup tape backupcosts have far outweighed benefits. backup benefits costs
Yesterday’s State-of-the-Art“Backup administration is the largest consumer of storage staffingresources, as organizations in the Fortune 1000 indicate on average,20% of their resources are allocated to backup and recovery tasks.” theinfopro.com As data protection costs have exploded along with data growth, they’ve caught the attention of budget‐cutting CIOs. Why do so many backup administration systems consume so much of the budget devoted to data protection?
Yesterday’s State-of-the-Art1. Backup systems are slow and inefficient.It’s typical for a tape-base system to require hours for a full data storeor data-base backup. System overhead often requires administrators towait until applications are not in use before running a backup. Of course,applications like e-mail are almost constantly in use; asking users to logoff and wait – especially for hours at a time – is a productivity killer.That means that full‐backups are oftenrun at night or on weekends.Administrators either tend to theprocess or leave the office with fingerscrossed that everything works.
Yesterday’s State-of-the-Art1. Backup systems are slow and inefficient. Retrieving data is also a time- consuming process. Administrators mount tapes and search through archives to find missing messages or lost entries and then go through a variety of processes to restore the data for the end-user.
Yesterday’s State-of-the-Art2. Storage is expensive.It’s Tape is cheap unless you’reconstantly buying it.As data stores continue to grow, buyingmore and more tape drives and tapebecomes… less… and… less… costeffective.
Yesterday’s State-of-the-Art3. Traditional systems are hard to manage.Enterprise-wide tape backup effectively increases your staff, media,and hardware budgets. That’s ironic since they were adopted to curbthose costs. Again, the continual doubling of data stores has imposed processing overhead that takes staff time, sucks up storage, and requires greater and greater processing power.
A Better Way"Backup has emerged as the leading area of focused improvement for Fortune1000 storage organizations in 2007. Front end storage growth, regulatorycompliance and increasing data retention times have created a need for backupinnovation to maintain the highest levels of data protection." Robert Stevenson, Managing Director for Storage, theinfopro.com
A Better WayThe call to protect corporate data in less time and for less money hasinspired a whole new way of thinking about backup – a complete backupredesign. Rather than relying on tape and focusing on data, newtechnology utilizes disk space and focuses on applications. Think aboutit, if a server crashes or a server room floods, end-users need fastaccess to restored applications, application states, and application data.
A Better WayThose capabilities alone outpace traditional tape backup but the time andcost savings realized through disk-based application protection is equallycompelling. Bare metal restore and single message retrieval processes takeminutes rather than days or hours leading to huge downtime savings. Gartner estimates that system downtime costs are calculated at $25/user/hour of downtime.And companies are experiencing backupdata reductions as high as 60% whichsignificantly reduces the budget fortapes and their storage.
A Better WayGoodbye tape, hello diskRather than backing up once aday or once a week and storingdata on tape, disk-basedapplication protection programsrun continuously, taking snapshotsand copying only changed blocksto a server.Compressed and deduplicated datais stored as a point-in-time imagethat includes the operating systemand system state along withapplication data.
A Better WayThat makes it much easier to retrieve and restore lost data whether asingle e-mail message or entire database. Rather than mounting andsearching through backup tapes to locate needed data and then restoringthat data to an application – a process which takes at least hours –administrators using disk-based application protection conductrestores in minutes. For a complete server restore, the admin can rewind to the last “good” point-in-time image. End‐users pick up where they left off just minutes before.
A Better WaySome disk-based application protection solutions also include theability to mirror a protected server on a virtual server – maybe one inanother location. These “standby” servers are ready to go at amoment’s notice which is perfect for fast disaster recovery.As obvious as it is, it bears pointing outthat ad-ministrators no longer have tobudget for tape and tape drives. While“storage is cheap”, tape has to bebought, stored, retrieved, andmaintained.None of that overhead is requiredby disk-based protection.
A Better WayCombining Backup, Recovery, High Availability, andRetentionWith all the overhead imposed by tape backup, it only delivers one benefit – dataprotection. But disasters require full-application restores as do some moremundane system failures – a server crash for instance.Disk-based application protection delivers backup, recovery, high availability,and retention capabilities in one solution. The “one solution” approach bringsthe same efficiencies that a single,enterprise-wide tape backup approachsought to afford: one application to learn and maintain, fewer hardware and software vendors in the mix.
Give It a TestCombining Backup, Recovery, High Availability, andRetentionCompanies attempting to save time &money on backup, restore, disasterrecovery, and high availability shouldmake sure evaluated technologies cananswer “yes” to these questions:1. Does the product take advantage of application‐specific innovations?2. Is it possible to conduct a live recovery of all or a portion of the application quickly and easily?3. Will you be able to rollback from bare metal to and from any environment (P2V, P2P, V2P, V2V) to meet disaster recovery requirements?4. Does the product monitor the health of backups?
Give It a Test5. Will the product significantly shorten your backup window today and into the future through an efficient volume‐based approach?6. Is data expansion moderated with deduplication and compression?7. Will the technology handle the range of recovery situations – single e‐mail messages to full‐blown disasters – with reliability, ease and speed?8. Does the product support continuous export of images to standby or virtual machines?9. Is the restore process flexible with images transportable to USB, NAS, DAS, and DAN?
Resources from AppAssureAppAssure Software is a provider of innovative backup and disasterrecovery software that has been purpose‐built for Windows applications.Designed to protect the applications, not just the data, AppAssure solutionsdeliver high-value features for reliable data protection that is corruption-free.Using a centralized server architecture, AppAssuresolutions feature off-host processing that will eliminatebackup windows and enable a live restore for a downapplication.As a result, IT administrators can havethe confidence that their Windowsapplications are completely protectedand easily recoverable in the event ofdata loss or disaster.
Resources from AppAssureAppAssure is a member of VMware Technology Allianceprogram, a Microsoft Partner, as well as the member ofother technology partnerships with leaders in the industry.
Resources from AppAssure AppAssure is the world’s fastest and easiest backup and disaster recovery software for Windows application servers and desktops. The only complete “all-in-one” backup and disaster recovery software solution, AppAssure enables local recoveries from any type of failure in just minutes, with the added assurance of offsite application and data backup and recovery from a total site disaster.
What AppAssure Customers SayBrendan Hourihan – Technology Services Network Engineer, Flagler College: “With AppAssure, I thought I entered into a dreamland! Finally I’m talking with somebody who has a philosophy about backups that makes sense – a more logical approach to how data is backed up AND what you can do with the backed-up data: you can replicate it, synchronize it, and more!” Peter Hammerl – IT Administrator, Hamilton Port Authority: AppAssure is working great. I’ve tested restoring files and databases, and everything has gone smoothly. The application is pretty granular so we can choose what to backup, at what time intervals, etc. We can get exactly what we want when we want it.” Eric Sagerdahl – IT Analyst, Walden House: “We’ve always been happy with the support … if you really need to talk to somebody right away, there’s always someone right there for you... I honestly don’t know how we would have recovered all the data before AppAssure.”
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