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Shrinking Backup Windows Squeeze Disaster Recovery Plans

by on June 9, 2010

The days of nights and weekend backup windows are over for many businesses. The global economy and the seven-day shopping week have made round-the-clock operations a necessity for many enterprises. What’s more, burgeoning data volumes with annual growth rates of from 50 to 80 percent have extended the time it takes to make a backup.

Extra_timeThose factors are putting IT administrators in a pressure cooker. The larger windows they need to backup the deluge of data created every day by their businesses can easily encroach on the production times for their organizations. Increasingly, those considerations are forcing them to reduce or eliminate altogether their backup windows and gamble that a disaster won’t happen.

What some organizations have done to cope with their shrinking backup window is resort to incremental backups. But that creates its own set of problems, especially when it comes to disaster recovery. That’s because while incremental backups may shorten the backup window, they can increase the recovery window. Not only do you have to restore and recover your full backup, but you have to do the same thing for all the incrementals.

A typical nightmare scenario involves a server that’s storing a mountain of data, or worse, a server bursting with hundreds of thousands of tiny little files. Servers in those states can take an extremely long time to back up, as much as a day or so for a  single server. They can also have a dreadful impact on an organization’s operations by contributing to poor network performance, poor source disk performance and poor backup device performance.

Of course the solution is to somehow reduce your backup window (or slow the rotation of the earth to extend the length of a day, which may be a bit harder to pull off). Our Archived Data Manager product does the former. And does it surprising easily and to the point where you could actually perform catalog backups 90% faster. Yes, you read that correctly—a 90% reduction in backup times. To find out how, please visit our site.

But how are you coping? What methods are you employing to deal with this issue?

One Comment
  1. Useful post. Thank you.
    I recommend Handy Backup, it’s easy and reliable software for Windows.
    http://www.handybackup.net

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