There has been quite a bit written recently about the usually static world of backup undergoing sweeping changes. The post-PC era—with the cloud, app-centric strategies, virtualization and diverse operating systems—has put more pressure and higher performance demands on backup solutions than ever before.
In a recent article in Channelnomics, Rethinking Data in a Multifaceted World, the author makes the case that the old one-to-one paradigm of backup to server is gone. Virtualization imposes not only new opportunities for backing up physical servers, but also new responsibilities for backing up virtual servers. In another article on Channelnomics, author Stefanie Hoffman makes the case for the new priorities in backup.
According to Hoffman some of these are:
- Back Up to Disk
- Back Up During Down Time
- Leverage Compression
- Write to Multiple Files
- Write to Multiple Physical Disk Drives
- Use Continuous Data Protection
All are indeed required for a successful backup strategy, but there is yet another factor to consider when looking at implementing a modern, successful backup plan. Over on the MSP Alliance blog, Celia Weaver talks about the need to consolidate your backup solutions in the face of diverse sources that need backing up. Celia writes:
With data being stored on more devices, applications and operating environments than ever before, organizations tasked with protecting this data have relied on a cocktail of backup applications for data recovery. To alleviate the problems of managing multiple backup solutions IT professionals increasingly seek methods to consolidate and optimize these operations.”
That is a key. As Celia says, do you want to rely on a “cocktail” of backup applications? At R1Soft, virtually (no pun intended) all of these considerations have been heavy on their minds for a long time. They saw this coming — a new mixed bag of requirements that would tax the present backup market, even though at the time they didn’t think people would want a cocktail of backup applications. The challenge was how to bring one product or service to market that would cover the widest range of solutions at an affordable price.
The result? Server Backup Manager. For the first time, one solution covers just about all of your needs. Analysts and the press seem to agree that our backup manager includes all of the necessities of the new age of backup.
Is it perfect? No. But we are working on some new features for future releases, moving closer to perfection with every release. So stay tuned.
Your backup needs have probably changed from two to three years ago. If your backup solution hasn’t changed to keep pace, it is probably inadequate at this point. It’s time you rethink your backup and disaster recovery plans given these new realities.
Take a fresh look at what you are backing up, what you should be backing up, and where the data resides now. Do you want a hybrid approach of on-premises and in-the-cloud? Do you want to use a backup-as-a-service solution (check out some of the R1soft partners who offer this service), or do you want to do it yourself and maintain total control?
As the song goes, “The times they are a changing.” Your backup solution needs to keep pace.