By Dana Prestigiacomo, SVP Marketing, ExaGrid
As noted in the recent Storage Switzerland article by Colm Keegan growing backup windows are the biggest challenge faced by IT professionals and the architecture you
The runaway growth of data in organizations creates cost and complexity in primary storage, production applications, and has a profound impact on backup and recovery operations.
The common mistake made is to look at backup and recovery as only a storage problem. Instead IT organizations need to consider the following:
- Data movement – how to move significant amounts of data within a pre-defined backup window
- Data processing – how data needs to be processed to be stored in deduplicated form and recovered quickly
- Data storage – how to store more backup data in far less disk space with deduplication
With the wrong disk-backup architecture, as your data continues to grow, you will punish your operations with longer backup windows, costly forklift upgrades, and technology obsolescence.
There are two architectural choices when choosing a disk based backup solution.
The scale-up architecture has a single front-end controller that houses all network ports, processor, and memory. As data grows only storage is added. This presents backup performance and data movement problems.
The alternative scale-out architecture handles data growth very differently. Full server appliances with processor, memory, network bandwidth and disk are added into a scalable GRID system. As the data grows, so do all four resources resulting in the shortest backup window, a backup window that doesn’t grow as your data grows and the fastest restores, tape copies and recoveries from a disaster.
The architecture you choose can make all the difference if you want to solve your backup challenges forever.
To learn more about how you can design a backup infrastructure to meet the needs of your virtualized server environment today and well into the future, join us February 11th for a webinar with George Crump, Founder and lead analyst from Storage Switzerland and Kevin Russell, VP of systems engineering from ExaGrid.
All pre-registrants will receive an advance copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest whitepaper, “Disk Backup Is About More Than Deduplication.”