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February 2016

Enterprise backup software gets snappier, flatter, faster

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As IT environments become more advanced, the job of backing up and retrieving data grows in complexity. Enterprise backup software is evolving in a number of different ways. Whereas, backup software used to have only one job -- make a copy of data that can be restored in the event of a storage or server failure -- today's backup software platforms can do so much more. Data backup continues to converge with other IT disciplines toward this end, and processes that have traditionally been performed separately have come under backup's wing.

Recent feature updates to backup software platforms include snapshot management, disaster recovery elements, support for cloud, virtual machine (VM) protection and archiving functionality. There have also been developments aimed at speeding restore times as backup data sets have continued to grow. For example, recovery-in-place (also known as instant recovery) has emerged as a way to run production VMs directly from a backup instance during recovery.

This three-part guide provides stories on the latest upgrades from some of the top enterprise backup vendors, including adding features aimed at reducing recovery time and recovery point objectives. It also shares information on where backup software works best in a computing environment and important considerations to keep in mind when purchasing data backup software.

Table Of Contents

  • Valuable options to traditional backup
  • Backup world's turning flat
  • How to use snapshots to protect data

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