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Backup

BACKUP ....A DIFFERENT WAY.....

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The security of business-critical information is an existential issue for all companies, but often too little importance is attributed to it.

The precautions taken to achieve the highest possible data security vary greatly from company to company, because the requirements can also vary.

However, whether creating the kind of backup that Jim is making here at the moment is purposeful must at least be questioned.

We from Q5 are glad to help you create backup concepts that correspond exactly to your needs and cover your requirements perfectly.

Protection of Business-Critical Information

IT departments in almost all companies have been concerned with the phenomenon of too short backup windows for some time. Despite backup-to-disk, incremental backups and other technologies that are intended to make backups faster, backup managers will increasingly have to deal with this phenomenon.

As long as data growth continues unbraked without automated mechanisms moving these mountains of data from primary storage systems to other storage platforms, backup windows will increasingly become a problem. However, if the inactive and old data is moved to a storage platform so that a backup for these data is no longer necessary, backup times are reduced dramatically and then also fit easily into the available backup windows.

 Continuous availability

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Databases frequently contain critical data that must be protected and continuously available. If databases run on our hybrid arrays, you benefit from the fault tolerance, high availability and end-to-end data integrity of our SDS solution. In storage systems for archiving, we use an adapted RAID level to provide the perfect platform for managing your mission-critical data.

Snapshots the base for backup and restore

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Our storage systems enable an unlimited number of snapshots of volumes and file systems. Snapshots can be created either manually or by schedule. You can also configure the number of snapshots to be maintained. Snapshots do not require separate storage areas and are created immediately and very memory-efficiently, because only the differences from the active data stock occupy storage space. They can serve as a basis for backups, or the state of the snapshot can be restored in the case of user errors/faulty configurations.

Remote Replication

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The contents of snapshots and the changes to the last snapshot can be transferred to a remote storage system using a schedule. This feature is called DR replication and enables you to maintain replicas of your original data reproach at a second site. In case of failure of the primary data center, you can “activate” the secondary data center and clients can access the data stock almost seamlessly.

HOW IT WORKS

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Disaster recovery (DR) has several components. The first is moving data from the primary data center to the secondary data center. Traditionally, this meant backing up data to tape and shipping tapes off-site. Or, it might mean using replication software on the host, the array or the disk backup appliance to intelligently copy data to a secondary site over a WAN.  Many data centers used replication, but it had to be man­aged separately because the backup software was not inte­grated with it. So, the software had no way to verify that data was securely off-site. The administrator had to manually and independently confirm that data was both protected locally and safely stored off-site.  Today, DR is being integrated directly into the backup process. Instead of being a separate product requiring sepa­rate management, disaster recovery is becoming a feature of the backup product. Data backup and disaster recovery integration is hap­pening in several ways.

DATA BACKUP & DISASTER RECOVERY HAVE BEEN CONVERGING

Today’s data backup software now can capture production data changes more frequently, and it is more tightly integrated with backup hardware.  There are also converged hardware products that can backup and replicate application data, eliminating the need for separate software. As a result, the concept of a separate disaster recovery process may be fading away. In this tip, you will learn how backup software products are evolving to include disaster recovery functionality.
Other backup software products can back data up to a disk backup appliance and then trigger the replication pro­cess from the appliance. In both cases, the backup software, because it is in control, is fully aware of the quality of data protection both locally and remotely.
Some modern data backup software products can manage the data rep­lication processes mentioned above. For example, these products can initiate a storage array-based snapshot, back up the snapshot locally and instruct the storage system’s replication software to replicate that snapshot to the remote location.
The downside is that there is typically narrow hardware support for these backup software products. For example, a large vendor that has hardware and software in a portfolio will only support the production storage or disk backup appliance that is within that portfolio. This single vendor support means that the organization needs to stan­dardize on that vendor’s products.