Flat backup technology changes rules and cost of backup

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Can flat backup round out your data storage system?

Flat backup technology may not be new, but it's certainly come into its own as a data protection platform.

As an alternative to traditional backup, it relies on storage snapshots for data protection. Snapshots are copied to another location, but the flat backups are stored in the same format as the originals. Flat backup technology results in near continuous data protection while keeping cost comparatively low.

One area where flat backup technology can help in today's storage environment is ransomware protection. As storage consultant Jim O'Reilly states later in this handbook, "The benefit of this snapshot-based backup approach is that data is never deleted from an object, so it is possible to recover to a point in time just before the ransomware started to corrupt the storage system."

But should it replace your traditional backup system? Well, that's ultimately for you to decide. But it's best to have a comprehensive backup approach, especially in this age of cyberattacks. So make sure you have some form of an offline backup, such as tape storage, that malware can't touch.

When you get to the recovery process, your organization can really see the benefit of the technology. Unlike with traditional backup, recovery does not require a format change, so the system can mount the backup as production. It's fast and efficient.

Flat backup technology has improved in recent years, but there are still pain points and important considerations to note before you implement a snapshot-based backup approach. Read on to find out if flat backup can work for your storage system.