Upgrade Your Backup Strategy to Meet Modern Backup Challenges

 In Backup, Disaster Recovery

Like any other element of your technical infrastructure, your backup solution needs to be periodically reviewed and revised to meet your current challenges.

Modern Backup Challenges

Making copies of data is one of those conceptually straightforward tasks that’s difficult to implement in practice because of numerous requirements they need to satisfy. Today, backup needs to meet these challenges:

Backups need to be fast.

There’s little downtime in today’s business. That means there’s little time available to even generate the backups.

There’s so much data to back up.

Data collection grows exponentially every year, and so does the need for backup storage. Reusing old media can cause compliance concerns and increase the risk of data loss. In addition, the scale of the data makes it hard to complete backups within the little time available.

Backups don’t happen often enough.

Traditional end-of-day backups mean that an outage causes the loss of all intra-day processing. For many organizations, that much data loss won’t satisfy recovery objectives.

Backups need to be protected.

Backed up data that can’t be found or backed up data on damaged media is as bad as not having a backup at all. Backed up data that’s stolen or tampered with is worse.

Backups need to be accessible.

If you’ve got a single copy of a backup and it’s stored in a data center that’s temporarily inaccessible, you don’t really have a backup of your data at all.

Recovery needs to be fast and flexible.

Backups serve their purpose when they’re restored. That recovery needs to be rapid, to minimize downtime. It needs to be flexible; you don’t want to waste time restoring more data than needed. The process needs to be simple, as it’s rarely executed and teams aren’t used to performing those tasks.

Modern Backup Solutions

Modern backup software can help companies meet their backup challenges. Look for a backup solution with these useful features:

New backup targets.

Create backups on fast storage or backup to cloud, to make copies accessible from anywhere.

Copy data management.

Reduce the need to create backup copies of data by using a copy data management that provides virtual copies of data on demand.

Deduplication.

Shrink backup data size through deduplication.

Encryption.

Ensure backups are protected from tampering through encryption.

Continuous data protection.

Minimize loss of data by backing up data every time there’s a change in real-time.

Make a modern backup solution part of your comprehensive disaster recovery strategy with support from Prescient Solutions. Contact us to find out how our IT consulting and managed services help businesses in the Chicago and Schaumburg area leverage their information technology to achieve business success.

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