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5 steps to an ideal archiving and backup situation

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Herman Clicq
Marketing Supervisor, EASI

As you have read, traditional archiving and backup methods are far from ideal. They lead to high costs and a lot of management. Furthermore, They are inefficient, slow and do not always comply with modern regulations. Optimize your archiving using these five improvements:

1. Ensure disaster recovery

Ensuring that your data stays available should be a top priority of you archiving and backup system. As both archiving and backup are most likely the only place these data still exist (after a disaster), they are the only place they can be recovered from. If your data are not available, all of the other elements of archiving and backup are useless!

Modern systems therefore tend to include extensive mechanisms to make sure your data stays available. These systems check whether the data is written correctly after archiving or backing up and make sure that new data does not overwrite older data. Modern systems often contain integrated error detection and healing. They are even able to rebuild an entire system and its data after system failure. This way, your data will never truly be lost.

2.Create a modern, flexible infrastructure

A modern infrastructure only requires one system and does not use different silo’s. This way, the archived data is always available on every system and unused archiving capacity is eliminated. In a modern infrastructure, physical tape is no longer needed for backup and archiving. This makes your data significantly more manageable and decreases associated costs.

Flexible infrastructures allow you to scale when needed. This means you can add systems to an existing infrastructure, with almost no change to your existing processes. These systems are up and running in no time and can be implemented as soon as your requirements and environment changes.

3. Enable deduplication

As mentioned before, organizations often possess a lot of duplicate data. A good way to eliminate copies of data, is by using deduplication software. This software looks for double data and removes them from your system. You do not need to worry about any broken links to these data, since deduplication software also replaces these to link to the original data. By using deduplication software, you reduce your storage and network requirements. Less data leads to a smaller storage footprint, which in turn leads to less storage needs and lower costs.

4. More speed, less impact

The fast data growth makes backup harder to handle for organizations. By using a high-performance system you can speed up your backup by 50%, without changing your existing infrastructure.

5. Consolidate archiving and backup

By consolidating archiving and backup, silos and storage are eliminated. Both archiving and backup can be managed within one powerful system. This results in a reduction of TCO by reducing costs of handling, storing and managing extensive storage cartridges. Furthermore less day-to-day handling is needed, leaving time for other activities and innovations.

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