New Industry Trends Give Backups a ‘Good Name’

BackupsAsk anyone in IT and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who says that they enjoy performing backups. With the emergence of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), IT leaders are learning, now more than ever, how essential backups have become to their organizations. The massive amount of data being collected and analyzed on a daily basis, has led companies to look for new ways to store and protect mission-critical information. So why do traditional backups have such a bad rap? A few things come to mind:

  • Disruptions: there has never been a perfect time to schedule and run a backup. Legacy backups are disruptive to business processes, oftentimes halting company workflow.
  • Inadequacies: Overtime, the overnight data backup windows become inadequate as the amount of data being backed up begins to exceed the backup window.
  • Long RTOs: If a long recovery time objective is keeping your mission-critical systems from functioning properly, your organization’s effectiveness and ROI take a huge hit.

With the emergence and growth of cloud technology, the cloud now serves as a primary IT initiative. Companies now rely on the cloud to host line of business applications, core databases and enterprise applications. As cloud improves, so have the processes reshaping the cloud backup and recovery industry. Below we discuss a few trends helping to make backups a little less painful for your IT department:

  • Eventually Consistent Databases – These systems scale significantly more than legacy databases and are able to automatically solve conflicts by agreeing upon a definitive values.
  • Distributed Storage – Backups are shifting from shared or file storage to more local or distributed storage.
  • Next-Generation Infrastructures – These infrastructures are highly elastic, offering increased data protection.
  • Instant Recovery – IT is able to shorten recovery time to a few minutes by leveraging the power of server virtualization.
  • Continuous Data Protection – By copying any created or modified storage blocks to the backup target, the need for a backup window is eliminated, reducing RPO.
  • Flat Backups – Created at the storage array level, flat backups are based around the creation and replication of storage snapshots.
  • Server Virtualization – Virtual data centers make it easier to protect and recover data in ways physical server environments could not.
  • Adoption of Backup Appliances – These dedicated storage devices act as backup targets that feature snapshot replication, dynamic storage and WAN acceleration.
  • Convergence of Backup and Disaster Recovery

 

As Cloud Backup and Recovery continues to evolve, it is important that businesses take every step necessary to ensure the protection of their data. The implementation of new data and applications must seamlessly run with old infrastructure without compromising your business.

 

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Author: Drew W.
Key Information Systems