Should a Backup Appliance be Part of your Backup Refresh?

Backup needs a refresh to keep up with recovery demands of modern application and increasingly expectant users. They expect an “always-on data center.” IT professionals are already overwhelmed with day-to-day tasks. For many, an always-on strategy is a concept that is put to the side as they spend time putting out fires. Backup appliances are a tempting quick fix to modernize the backup architecture. These appliances are essentially servers with pre installed backup software. The pitch is: “Turn it on and start backing up.” But are backup appliances the right answer to meeting the demands of the always-on data center?

The Solution for Complexity is Flexibility

While the last few years is seeing data protection becoming simpler, it still is a relatively complex process and one that many organizations struggle with. Data protection’s complexity, though, is not just limited to the initial installation, ongoing operation may be an even greater challenge. So while a backup appliance may save time on initial installation, what’s the value of these systems after implementation? Do they help with operation? Or is the organization sacrificing future flexibility for a quick start?

My colleague, W. Curtis Preston, answers these questions and more in his latest white paper, “Should Backup Software Companies Build an Appliance?” It is available exclusively to those who register for our OnDemand webinar, “The Always-on Enterprise Requires New Service Level Objectives” Simply register for the webinar and look for the paper in the attachments section. After reading the paper and watching the webinar you come away with some important suggestions towards modernizing your data protection architecture to deliver an always-on service level.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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