A New Look to Data Backup

It is not realistic to use tools of the 20th century to protect data that has been created by apps of the 21st century. Data backup options lag, yet CDP adoption still lacking

This just won’t work! The saddest thing is, most companies today are doing exactly this, using similar backup processes, products and options as they used a couple of years ago. 

With the evolving technology, many companies are making changes in their hardware and software so that it can serve the new market trends. What most forget is, backup is still very necessary.

A huge mistake that most make is that they are still using the same backup options, daily incremental and weekly fulls. As companies get deeper into huge data analysis and .

the Internet of Things, the situation will definitely get worse as more and more data starts to pile up. How do you ensure that your data is protected and that it will be available when you will need it? 

On average, a company has about 1.4pb data stored on hard disks or cloud with larger companies having more than 4pb data stored. We can say for a fact that if any of .

this data needs to be backed up, then the backup options currently in place just will not do it. It is also not an easy process to swap to a backup option that is beefier.

Maybe this is why most companies tend to hold on to the same backup software for so long. When you decide to make a change, it is mindboggling to decide whether to migrate your data to .

the new app or whether to leave it hoping that you will never have need for it. There are many backup options to choose from although not many of these will actually bring a change to approach to backup. 

The main focus today is on ‘copy data management’ which focuses on keeping copies of data produced by backup apps and keeping these copies at a minimum. There is also the flat backup, which eliminates backups by use of taking of snapshots and replicating to a different system. 

Clearly we need something that doesn’t use a backup app and doesn’t require production or replication of snapshots. Traditional backups have so many frustrations and shortcomings.

An interesting observation is that data backup options lag, yet continuous data protection (CDP) adoption still lacking.

What if this is the solution we need? CDP can be built almost at any point that has an API which can be easily tapped or any point where data will pass through. 

Maybe it’s about time to give data backup a new look so that we will have a reason to celebrate during the next World Backup Day.