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How can your backup and recovery system be more streamlined?

Many organizations could stand to simplify their data backup and recovery systems. Consolidation is important, but make sure you have the right tools for optimum data protection.

With changes in system approaches and in the way we back up data, many backup and recovery platforms are a mishmash...

of backup applications, tape and disk systems, with the cloud mixed in for good measure.

When simplifying a backup and recovery system, the first step is to consolidate all the tools to get a single-pane-of-glass view to manage this critical process. When selecting your single tool, look for one that handles mobile endpoints, is designed to cope with ransomware and has fine granularity of recovery.

Recovery is the critical distinguishing feature among backup and recovery tools. Backup is easy, but fast and accurate recovery separates the best tools from the pack. Opt for a tool with a clean and easy-to-use GUI.

The next backup and recovery system decision is where to back up data. This is best accomplished with tape or the cloud because disk systems tend to be shareable via the company storage network. Tape and the cloud also meet the geographic separation requirements for good backup and disaster recovery. The cloud is not only granular, but it can access data elements in seconds, versus the hours or days required with tape.

Once a consolidated backup is created, it's absolutely essential to test it at the app and cluster level at least every six months, and preferably more frequently. There are plenty of examples of failed recoveries to point the way.

There are tools that can exert regular testing based on test policies to ensure that backup and disaster recovery are working and sufficient to the task.

Make sure your backup and recovery system protects all your assets. The amount of data in endpoint devices is staggering, and you don't want employees spending time trying to recover their mobile data instead of working.

Finally, aim to consolidate disaster recovery approaches with your backup processes. There is too much overlap in methods not to do this in your backup and recovery system; the same tools will be capable of archiving files to the cloud. For example, disaster recovery protection concepts, such as geographic dispersion, apply well to backup.

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This was last published in February 2017

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What is one way your organization could simplify its backup and recovery strategy?
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Use all-in-one backup appliances, it provides unified solution with simple UI. No need to have separe tools and UIs for backup, other for replication, other for disaster recovery planning/testing, etc. 

Use backup appliances/software that run on hardened linux hadware as they are not targeted by ransomware and other typical attacks so your backups cant be ransom/encrypted. No need to invest your time in patching/maintain/secure backup server OS.

Avoid windows backup servers or complex backup products that require your to deploy multiple proxies, media servers, etc a properly sized appliance should be enough for your infraestructure.



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Having one integrated solution, either software or appliance based to handle everything including DR testing is an awesome advantage.
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