Traditional data backup methods are no longer suitable in today's IT environment.

Addressing top backup challenges with continuous data protection

Stephen Perkins

Traditional data protection methods are no longer effective in today's IT environment. From big data and cloud computing to cyberthreats and intellectual property theft, backups and security have become complex and delicate concerns for nearly every business.

A TechTarget e-guide titled, "Top 10 Backup Challenges and Expert Recommendations to Address Them," cited a recent data protection survey where more than 50 percent of respondents stated data backups take too long, especially as the volume of data rapidly increases.

Here are the top 10 backup challenges listed in the source:

  • Time to complete backups (52 percent)
  • Growing capacity requirements (42 percent)
  • Meeting multiple application/business requirements (25 percent)
  • Cost of comprehensive backups (23 percent)
  • Backing up virtual servers (21 percent)
  • Performing remote backups (18 percent)
  • Tape backup issues (18 percent)
  • Security of data backups (16 percent)
  • Negotiating vendor support and managing SLA (9 percent)
  • Other (4 percent)

More than ever, small- and medium-sized businesses and IT departments are now in need of reliable data protection and backup methods that are fast and efficient. Managed service providers that offer server backups with additional, useful solutions such as continuous data protection allow for quicker, more comprehensive and cost-effective backups. Additionally, integrating file archiving into strategies will help transfer less important data from primary storage to alternative devices for long-term retention.

With too much data, files and virtual servers, traditional data protection through RAID has made it nearly impossible to achieve recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives, said W. Curtis Preston during his recent New York Storage Decisions conference, according to the source.

"He said one of the best ways to deal with short RTOs and RPOs is self-healing object storage – which uses erasure coding – as well as LTFS and continuous incremental backups using CDP and near-CDP software that allow instant recovery," the report stated.

CDP can cut RPO to zero and achieve RTOs in seconds or minutes, and as was the underlying message of Preston's conference - SMBs must stop focusing on restoring, and instead, concentrate on instant data recovery.

Vendors that offer such solutions can help address these main backup challenges and provide businesses with data protection that's suitable in today's complex IT environment.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Archiving, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, PC Backup, Server Backup