Storage Magazine’s 2011 Backup Hardware Product Of The Year [Quantum]

With the onset of virtualization and its increasing adoption, companies face the challenge of overhauling the infrastructure that supports their virtual environment. Amidst the chaos and change, have you thought about how this affects your data protection solution?

When it comes to data protection, the goal always remains the same: ensure backup and restore capabilities holistically for all server instances as well as a structure for individual recovery. Paired with a virtualization strategy, the challenge of virtualizing your existing environments shifts to the challenge of virtualizing your existing environments while keeping the interoperability of the disaster recovery solution you already have.

It doesn’t have to be complex if you stick to these bottom lines with vmPRO 4000, Storage Magazine’s backup hardware product of the year (2011). [Read more…]

Tape Drive to Disk: A Better Way for Better Business [EMC]

The best data in the world isn’t much use if it’s hard to access or difficult to recover. And if you are spending a lot of time managing data resources, then it’s hard to deliver the innovation, agility and flexibility organizations require to thrive today.

Did you know that the first tape drive was created in 1951 for Remington Rand? Flash forward 61 years and here we are today with many of us still using various offsprings of that original tape drive to store our irreplaceable corporate data assets.

The difference, of course, is that the volume of data is staggering today, unimaginable to the creators of those original tapes drives and pretty hard to believe for us as well. It is predicted that in this decade, growth of data will be 44x what it is today.

Breaking down the infrastructure silos for a stronger backup strategy

Tape has served you well for years. It’s simple, reliable and relatively cheap. It is, however, an underlying barrier to achieving a fully unified infrastructure focused on unique service catalogue requirements. As server, storage and networking collapse into a single point of delivery; your backup windows become even more difficult to manage due to interdependencies created by the new virtualized environment. So, now it’s time to break down the barriers, starting by segmenting your infrastructure by business demands for recoverability and not by technical silos. [Read more…]

15 Minute Backup Windows; Need I say more? [CA]

You know its crunch time at work.  Everyone has got important deadlines to meet and important people to impress.  In the IT department, as always, you’ve invested your time making sure that your backup windows are completed quickly and efficiently every two hours.  You’re about to begin the next backup when your phone rings and on the other end is a frantic co-worker who has lost a presentation that needs to be ready in the next hour.  Unfortunately for your coworker all his/her work has been lost because you hadn’t started the next backup.  Unfortunately for you, you now have the job of informing your coworker that you’re unable to recover their data.  This is a terrible situation that is tough but, avoidable.

 Backup and recovery is an integral element of any business.  Your employee’s time is invaluable and the work that they invest themselves in should not be exposed to potential loss due to long backup windows.  And, as unstructured data continues to increase backup windows and data loss becomes a larger issue for businesses every year it’s necessary to assess how vulnerable you are.  Gartner estimates that the average company experiences 87 hours of unscheduled down time per year.  There is however, one company that’s fighting back decreasing backup windows to as little as 15 minutes!

 CA ARCserve Block-level I2 technology is able to decrease your exposure to data loss by performing backups in 15 minutes.  This is accomplished by tracking changes on a machine at the block level and then backing up only those changed blocks in an incremental fashion.  Performance levels like this prevent you from having to tell your coworkers that their work has been lost because we can’t perform backups often enough.

Block-level I2 technology is simple.  When a backup is initiated a full VSS snapshot is captured and then backs up only blocks that have been changed from the previous successful backup.  The data is not only captured but also created as a catalog containing all information related to the operating system, [Read more…]