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21st Century Backup & Recovery Challenges

21st Century Backup & Recovery Challenges
Monday, 19th January 2015

Protecting business critical data is paramount to any organisation. Ensuring rapid recovery of the associated critical systems in a DR scenario is also high on the agenda of any IT Director or CIO in an age where downtime of any length can be hugely expensive. We only have to look at the recent £56million fine imposed on RBS by the FCA for the downtime their customers experienced in 2012 for proof of this. But even outside the world of banking, downtime can cripple businesses and destroy professional and consumer relationships alike.

Delivering the desired resilience to meet the Recovery Point (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) set by the business is becoming more and more challenging for IT Depts. In a world of rapidly expanding data volumes, 24 x 7 business and a 21st Century explosion application development; delivering a viable backup and recovery solution can seem almost impossible. It is even more unrealistic when utilising traditional backup and recovery techniques when 4 hour RPO/RTO’s or less are required.

Another modern challenge that is causing IT depts across the UK serious headaches is the issue of copy data. To explain this best I will detail below a typical example that we see in organisations that we meet today:

Lets say they have a 15TB data volume

They will back up this data to disk on a daily basis and perhaps replicate that data to secondary offsite disk and they will keep 30 iterations of these backups on both sets of disks = (30 x 15TB) x 2 = 900TB (With 10:1 deduplication potentially reducing this to 90TB)

They may also utilise SAN replication to a DR Site to provide near zero downtime in a Disaster scenario = 15TB

They will also typically have two or three test and dev environments with copies of their data = 3 x 15TB = 45TB

In this example, 165TB of storage is being utilised for a core data volume of 15TB. This means production data makes up less than 10% of all data stored on disk and this is potentially all being stored on a combination of enterprise class disk arrays with potentially even more expensive capacity licensing.

To address all of the above issues Actifio have developed market leading Copy Data Backup and Recovery Software, which when complimented with Blue Chip’s Managed Services offerings can provide end to end, seamless Managed Backup and Recovery.

By utilising snapshot technology and deduplication, Actifio can aggressively protect and replicate offsite terabytes (and even petabytes) of data seamlessly and efficiently. When combined with scripted and managed recovery tools within the Blue Chip Recovery Centre, hundreds of VM’s can be recovered and presented back to Users in a matter of minutes.

Actifio appear in the Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Backup and Recovery and are one of the fastest growing Software companies in history.

To learn more about how Blue Chip and Actifio are providing leading edge Backup and Recovery Solutions please call Blue Chip today on 01234 224400.

Actifio have developed market leading Copy Data Backup and Recovery Software, which when complimented with Blue Chip’s Managed Services offerings can provide end to end, seamless Managed Backup and Recovery
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This article was written by James Pond. As a Data Availability Specialist at Blue Chip, James works with customers to provide bespoke solutions that meet their required Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). James specialises in Data Availability Solutions for Intel, Linux, IBM p Series/RS6000 and IBM i Series/AS400 Platforms. James can be contacted via info@bluechip.co.uk.