Backup Appliances for Disaster Recovery

Backup Appliances for Disaster Recovery

June 2, 2015

The days of in-house data recovery could be numbered thanks to the growing adaptation of backup appliances and the cloud. Companies are coming to depend on the remote backup of data, applications and operating systems, and they’re finding backup appliances let them accomplish this task almost seamlessly. Remote backup appliances are integrated, purpose-built hardware with built in software and they offer expandable storage space that can run into terabytes. They provide a simple way to backup files in case disaster recovery is needed, and you can link desktop computers and software to them, as well as laptops and notebooks.

Backup appliances should be a major consideration in any enterprise plan to save and recover data. Backup appliances decrease the number of steps required to create a recovery system, and simplify the process. This leads to improved performance for recovery time objectives. Incorporating improved levels of data protection performance onsite, offsite and remotely, as well as remote replication through the cloud, also improves RTO. As the number of backup appliances increase across your network, your data gets divided across more and more appliances and recovery times improve even more.

Certainly disk and tape backup systems are still widely in use, as discussed in a previous blog: Dewpoint Disaster Recovery. But backup appliances are becoming increasingly popular and vital. And as companies discover as they grow, in-house tape backups are not always robust enough and save ever increasing amounts of data, instead of saving only one set of the same data. 

Remote backup of data, applications and operating systems should be the backbone of data recovery plans. Backup appliances can be your one-stop, entire backup system. Especially when companies find the number of their remote workers increasing, and what seems to be an ever growing mountain of compliance and legal requirements. A tape backup does not offer enough support in DR capabilities. Tape backups aren’t robust enough in the event of a disaster in a large enterprise. This is where Backup appliances can provide added levels of support after a disaster. Once the system is activated it starts backing up your data and saves it in a virtual, cloud-based environment that is outside the company’s own data center.

With backup appliances, you no longer have to integrate all of you digital equipment. There’s no need to manually connect servers, storage, networking, backup software, or replication software. You just buy or lease the backup appliance, turn it on, configure it and let it do the heavy lifting of connecting with all pertinent software and hardware. This saves your company money, staff hours, and other resources that are required to build a recovery solution bit by bit from scratch. Once installed, backup appliances insure a faster disaster recovery after an unfortunate event.

There are many additional benefits to backup appliances. They are complete systems and don’t need a lot of attention or additional components. They are plug and play. And they work well in small, medium and large enterprises. Backup appliances cut the demand on your data storage capacity; your data has an extra layer of security, and backup appliances help free up staff maintenance time, and that could reduce overall payroll expenses.

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