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.