Successful backup and recovery is fundamental to a sound data management strategy. Current generation backup and recovery software can become the central building block for a truly unified data management solution.
A unified solution includes not only backup and restore capabilities but features like archive, replication, data de-duplication, content indexing, search, and snapshot integration. Today all of this can be managed from one easy to use centralized interface.
Archive – End users can reclaim valuable storage space by automatically moving stale data from primary storage to low-cost secondary storage. Data can be compressed, de-duplicated, and encrypted, then replaced with a self contained “stub file” on primary storage.
Replication – Replication software allows end users to create secondary copies of production data quickly and efficiently using host-based replication and snapshot technologies.
De-duplication – Data de-duplication software provided as part of a unified data management solution reduces storage needs, shortens backup windows, and lessens the need for network resources. De-duplication can be enabled at both the source (client server) and the target (backup server). Storage needs can be reduced by as much as 90% and backup windows reduce by as much as 50%.
Storage Resource Management – SRM software analyzes, tracks, and trends storage usage allowing for improved decision making and capacity planning.
Search – Current generation software allows for all electronically stored information to be searched and retrieved in context. This capability improves the response to governance inquiries and audits.
Snapshot Integration – This software leverages enterprise class disk storage arrays with the management, control, and retention of array-based snapshots. Snapshot integration allows end users to eliminate scripts with consistent snapshot creation, control (mount, mine, dismount, revert) and retention for both files and databases.