If you haven’t already checked them out, ESG recently started delivering ESG “Video Capsules” – video wisdom in 140 seconds or less – www.esg-global.com/esg-video-capsules.
One of the more recent ESG Video Capsules, “Backup Is No Longer Enough,” discusses that IT organizations of all sizes struggle to achieve the SLAs that their business units require, if their only recovery solution is a traditional backup solution. In fact, when looking at core platforms like server virtualization systems (VMware & Hyper-V), less than 10% of folks are only protecting their VMs with backups; the rest are using a combination of snapshots and replication to supplement their backup mechanisms – a strategy which is consistent with the Data Protection Spectrum that I often discuss.
With average SLAs for all systems (not just “critical” or Tier-One platforms) shrinking to <3 hours or <1 hour, its really hard to diagnose the problem, restore the data set, and resume business in those timelines. Instead, one should strongly consider combining snapshots, replication and backup for a comprehensive data protection strategy – ideally using a single management UI to control all of it.
As always, thanks for watching.
[Originally posted on ESG’s Technical Optimist.com]