Backup-to-disk is a top priority for most of the IT directors we work with. Often we find that used EMC solutions will do the trick to get a quick backup-to-disk solution in place. This may include EMC drives or NetApp drives, but could also include VNX, EMC CX4 or refurbished NetApp, depending on your environment. By backing up data and storing it in a remote location, you can ensure that in the case of natural disaster, hacking, or data corruption, they will still have the information that they need for their business.
There are three factors that a company should consider before choosing how to allocate their data.
1. Know the application the company uses, as well as the characteristics of the data. By understanding the applications and data, the company can choose the data protection service allocation that will work best for them. Deciding how the use of either allocation will impact the business will allow the company to choose the data protection that will work best for them.
2. Attempt to classify the data protection service to be applied efficiently to each individual application workload. Data protection services will provide specific metrics of data access restoral timeframes in the SLA agreement. By seeking out the data protection service that will work best for your company’s specific applications and workload, quality data storage can be ensured. These metrics should specify how long it will take to recover data, how quickly access networks may be reconnected, and how quickly applications may be re-hosted. Some companies may need their data to be recovered immediately, while other may be able to wait. Finding the appropriate data protection service for your company will ensure the company’s needs are met, while paying a fair price for the services you are receiving.
3. Choose a mechanism that is able to associate a data protection service with the specifics required by the workload. Companies may make many different choices when choosing a data protection service, however, many of these data protection services will apply to a specific workload. Some options that may be chosen include storing data copies to a virtual tape library or store data copies on a virtual storage system. Each of these has its advantages, which should be considered when choosing the service to best fit your company.Companies often use at least half of their possible storage storing backup copies of data. This is essential when preparing for potential issues. To best manage back up data, companies should ensure they choose the data protection service that will best meet the needs of their specific workload and applications.
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