Items Tagged: Backup
With the announced shutdown of EMC's Atmos Online, what lessons should we take away?
WysDM 4 - Data Protection Compliance and Best Practices
Compliance issues surround data protection practices in enterprises today, yet few organizations have proactively engaged their data protection practices to address these needs. In this product profile, we examine some of the data protection implications of different regulations, and look at how organizations are overlooking their data protection practices when it comes to compliance. As one solution, WysDM 4 can provide a best practices data protection management framework and serve as a platform for holisitically managing data protection and ensuring that it is compliant, performant, and optimized.
Asempra BCS - Continuous Availability
The reality today is that too many data protection platforms targeted at the small and medium enterprise (SME) market fail to deliver basic capabilities with the ease of use, speed, and flexibility necessary to provide the holistic, effective data protection demanded. What the SME requires is a new approach to data protection that is easy to use and ensures the business that both the application and data remain available. We’ve identified this approach to data protection as Continuous Availability.
Although different software functionality is required for each, there is a single medium for both: disk. Should your backups just age into becoming your archives?
Quantum's DXi8500 - The Next Step in Enterprise Deduplication
Solution Profile on the new DXi8500 Dedupe appliance from Quantum. Quantum has long been a leading vendor of data protection storage, and a number of years ago extended a rich history of tape system innovation with a series of new disk-based data protection appliances under the product family banner of DXi™. The family began with the introduction of several appliances that utilized Quantum’s patented variable-length deduplication technology in 2005 and followed in 2007 with the release of its flagship DXi7500 enterprise-sized system. Since then, Quantum has continued to enhance its DXi offerings.
Pancetera Software Inc. today added a software function called SmartMotion to its Pancetera Unite virtual appliance to help simplify virtual machine backup, as well as replicating and recovering virtualized data either locally or from the cloud.
IBM ProtecTIER: Peak Protection For Oracle Database Backups
Solutions such as IBM’s ProtecTIER make database backups far more efficient by providing high speed backup and recovery performance while reducing the amount of data landing on tape. This Solution Profile describes the benefits of using ProtecTIER deduplication solutions in an Oracle data protection environment: high ratios of deduplication and compression for Oracle records, integration with RMAN, and some of the fastest recovery times in the deduplication industry.
Today, the cloud stirs up all manner of possibilities for handling data protection, but the cloud also brings many challenges: security, bandwidth, connection availability and data recovery. Perhaps in response to these issues, innovators in this space are blending the capabilities of traditional onsite backup systems with cloud storage, so that the best of both worlds is available to users—an onsite component captures and restores data at high speed, while older data is moved to the cloud. Hybrid cloud backup, or disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C), is turning the cloud into an accessible and useful component of the data protection infrastructure today.
Image-based recovery specialist Acronis Inc. extended its file backup and virtual machine protection capabilities, and enhanced its cloud backup offering today with the launch of Acronis Backup & Recovery 11. By adding core data backup features to the bare-metal restore application, Acronis is trying to appeal to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) by putting backup and disaster recovery (DR) in one application.
David Underwood could be called an IT “everyman.” He is an IT specialist at the University of California, Davis, where the institution is exploring choices of backup systems to protect laptop data. His organization, like most others, has had to wrestle with the question of how to provide laptop data protection through some kind of backup system.
EVault from i365 – Lab Validating EVault Endpoint Protection
In this Taneja Group Technology Validation exercise, we put an endpoint protection solution – EVault Endpoint Protection, a solution from i365, a Seagate company – to the test. Could the recently released, completely hosted (on top of the elastic Microsoft Windows Azure cloud) EVault Endpoint Protection suite be as quick to deploy and easy to use as i365 claims? To find out, we put the suite through the paces at a remote site – in essence simulating exactly what an EVault customer would see and do when they sign up for this cloud service. What did we find? Our conclusion is that it is easier and faster to protect the business with EVault Endpoint Protection than with anything else we’ve seen.
Symantec Backup Exec: Comprehensive Data Protection for Growing Businesses
Symantec recently juiced up its Backup Exec (BUE) product line adding appliance and cloud based offerings to the mix. This announcement reinforces Symantec’s commitment to data protection for small and medium sized businesses, the charter being led by the newly formed Information Management Group (IMG). What is significant about this announcement is that Symantec is seeking to morph Backup Exec from a single product into more of a data protection platform. Symantec envisions Backup Exec to be the data protection platform of choice for SMBs and small to medium enterprises. With features like VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V integration, deduplication for virtual infrastructure, support for cloud as a tier and end point protection, Symantec is squarely setting its sights at beating competitors like CommVault (Simpana Galaxy), Microsoft (Data Protection Manager), Acronis (TrueImage), CA (ARCserve) and others to name a few.
This Taneja Group Opinion covers Symantec’s Backup Exec – providing a complete data protection solution for SMB/SME and consolidating its already dominant market share.
Establishing service level agreements (SLAs) for cloud-based applications is pretty straightforward. But establishing SLAs for cloud-based storage is a different kettle of fish.
Acronis vmProtect 6 Drives Down the Cost of Protecting VMware Virtual Servers
Nexsan has added a new member of the E5000 family of network-attached storage systems, the E5510, which now provides more than 1 petabyte of capacity. Like the other E5000 family systems announced in August, the E5510 makes use of Nexan’s FASTier solid-state disk caching technology, which helps improve its speed by up to three times, and has support for Nexsan’s E-Centre graphical user interface for deployment and management. However, it also adds optional support for both asynchronous and synchronous data replication for the E5310, as well as for the E5510. Previously, the E5310 system had supported only asynchronous replication.
Hewlett-Packard said today it will increase the capabilities of its StoreOnce deduplication backup software by adding it to the company’s new scale-out disk system - the B6200 StoreOnce Backup System - and its Data Protector backup application.
I think it is safe to say that data deduplication technology on the backup side has now gone mainstream. At the enterprise level we estimate that almost all companies have installed some form of data deduplication technology, even if the percentage of data under the jurisdiction of dedupe is closer to 40 percent. In other words, each enterprise has dedupe equipment, but not all backup data is yet being deduped. The reasons vary with each enterprise (importance of application, geographic isolation, limited funding, and so on). When one looks under the covers one finds that some of this deduplication is happening at the source but a large majority at a target, and more specifically, a target appliance.
The popularity of backup appliances can be their downfall. STORServer guards against that.
IBM ProtecTIER: From Backup to Recovery
When it comes to backup and recovery, backup performance numbers rule the roost.But a reliance on backup numbers alone is dangerous. Recovery may not happen as frequently as daily backup but recovery is the entire reason for backup. Because when a recovery operation looms -- especially if the recovery is large and the potential loss is huge -- fast recovery performance becomes more urgent than backup ever was.
IBM ProtecTIER for Outstanding Data Protection
Modern backup and recovery needs much robust business continuity (BC) and DR than garden variety approaches can provide. This is why IBM ProtecTIER with advanced replication is a vital piece of backup and recovery.