Ever have the problem of not being able to backup all of your data? Do you back up the same old data over and over again? Or maybe your exchange and file server data just keeps on growing? Mosaic Technology may have an answer for you.
All backup vendors that are trying to sell you their stuff will tell you the same thing – their technology is the fastest. Unfortunately, most of them are not telling you everything you really need to know.
All backup products are just that – they allow you to backup your data, and most can provide you with portability from disk to tape and can also backup your virtual environment. However, these solutions are not really addressing the real issue. The fact of the matter is that every day you backup the same data and it seems like every year you have to allocate additional budgets for your backup infrastructure. This practice is repeated annually and as far as vendors are concerned, this is like an annuity that they can count on because most of you will do just that – buy more licenses and more capacity for your environment – and they would like to keep it that way.
But what if you didn’t have to back up your old data anymore, or could at least back it up less frequently? What if you could maintain the investment and not increase your existing backup infrastructure? What if you could restore your data much faster and could improve the efficiency through intelligent data management?
Interested? Well you’re in luck, because there is a way. Intelligent archiving solutions provide you with the ability to move data that has not had any access from anyone to less expensive storage mediums without affecting those same users. With this capability, you can diminish impact on your Tier 1 storage – increasing the performance. Also with intelligent archiving solutions, you only have to backup data that has been archived one time. This means that you don’t have to continue to buy more capacity and licenses from your backup vendors, your archived data can have an automated deletion policy so you don’t have to manage individual files, the data can be held for litigation and/or chain of custody requirements, and this data is still available to your end users and can be recalled from their directory structure anytime and without any special tools.
At Mosaic, we’ve come to find over the years from the many projects we’ve designed, managed and implemented, that over 80 percent of the data that sits on your file server is not accessed anymore after about 120 days and when it is accessed, and only a very small number of users actually go back that far. With Exchange, that number decreases to 30 days. If that is the case, shouldn’t you at least look at ways to help solve this?
In the past, archiving solutions were expensive, hard to manage and even harder to implement. Lots has changed and with the larger adoption of these types of technologies, now is a great time to look at some of them and see if any make sense for you. While some of these technologies leverage short cuts, symbolic links or weblinks, others can archive without using these short cuts by virtualizing your file systems.
The discussion does not end here, however. There is much more information to come on this topic as it relates to storage vendors who claim to have the fastest storage and can tier within their frame. Stay tuned to Mosaic Technology for the latest data backup and archiving news!