Are People Abandoning Backup for DR?

More and more customers are demanding storage that integrates data protection. This was incredibly evident in a recent poll during one of our live webinars. Backup is moving to the front of the bus!

untitled-4During our recent webinar, “Is Your Storage Ready for Disaster?”, we asked what alternatives customers were considering for augmenting their existing disaster recovery solution. We gave a variety of choices, and the two most popular were self protecting storage and copy data management. These are basically two different ways of offering self protecting storage.

Self protecting storage is storage with integrated data protection features. This can be done via snapshots and replication, or it can be done using object storage and versioning. The versions or snapshots provide a method to restore to a point in time earlier than some bad thing that happened in a data center. Replication augments this functionality by ensuring that data will also be able to survive some type of disaster that takes out the data center altogether.

Depending on how you define copy data management (CDM), it can include self protecting storage. This is because some CDM solutions are simply management layers on top of existing snapshot and replication systems. Other CDM products copy all data and changes to that data to a secondary storage platform that provides the data protection functionality.

Whether we’re talking storage that integrates data protection features, or a CDM product that adds those features to your primary storage, there is one thing that they both have in common – they are not traditional backup. No one in our poll was looking to augment their existing DR solution by increasing their use of traditional backup software. This is awesome because most backup and recovery experts do not want to use traditional backup software for disaster recovery, because it simply takes too long to perform the recovery.

Prior to the advent of modern day data protection software that provides features such as replication and live recovery, most people that honestly looked at the capabilities of their backup software knew that it would not be able to meet the needs of a disaster. Therefore, most people serious about disaster recovery augmented their backup system with replication. But modern-day storage products – especially those with integrated data protection – have made both products obsolete for many people.

Listen to how we discuss this problem and the solutions in the on-demand version of “Is Your Storage Ready for Disaster?“. I hope you enjoy the webinar.

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W. Curtis Preston (aka Mr. Backup) is an expert in backup & recovery systems; a space he has been working in since 1993. He has written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS, and Unix Backup & Recovery. Mr. Preston is a writer and has spoken at hundreds of seminars and conferences around the world. Preston’s mission is to arm today’s IT managers with truly unbiased information about today’s storage industry and its products.

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