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Backup Software, Backup Applications, VMware or Hyper-V Backup

Backup software is designed to protect companies in the event of data loss.  This is vitally important to protect data against viruses, hardware failure, accidental erasure, malicious damage or theft. Backup software today has evolved to become a heterogeneous product capable of backing up Windows, Linux, Apple, Unix and Virtualised Infrastructures etc. Many backup software vendors provide the ability to centrally manage and control backup jobs via master / media servers, this provides a single centrally managed GUI to control your backup estate on the LAN or WAN and monitor performance, jobs and issues.

Backup Software Vendors

There are many types of software that can provide backup, the features and functionality are very comprehensive, some of which are listed below:

  • File or block based backup
  • Snapshot / Image backup
  • Data deduplication
  • Local / Offsite
  • Disk / Tape support
  • Cloud Backup – SaaS (Software as a Service)
  • Backup appliances
  • Local / remote replication
  • Single instance
  • Disaster recovery restore

Backup Technologies

Today backup technologies encompass a wide variety of solutions to perform backups, they can be a simple disk array populated with 7.2k disk drives or a high performance data deduplication appliance such as the Fujitsu ETERNUS CS8000. Backup appliances from many of the major software companies also provide software and hardware in a simple easy to use offering, with support and service from a single company. These devices are gradually replacing tape technology as they are much better and faster at file restores, whereas tape acts as the second tier of backups or where customers need to backup Petabytes of data and disk is just to expensive. The biggest benefit in using tape media as a backup medium is that it offers highest capacity, it’s removable and offers the lowest cos per TB of any other storage media and has a very low running cost. Many backup packages allow multiple streams of data from multiple sources to be streamed concurrently to the tape drive(s) thus ensuring the device continues to stream rather than stopping and starting (shoe shining). This causes unnecessary wear and tear on the drive mechanism which can over a prolonged period create a backup failure. Many of the software vendors today can also perform disk to disk to tape operations speeding up your backup and reducing the critical backup window. Some software also provides data deduplication which reduces your backup volumes by up to 20:1, which can you use with your disk array.

Fujitsu ETERNUS CS8000

Backup Software Vendors

We have extensive experience in all of the following software and can provide installation and configuration assistance.

  • Arcerve
  • CommVault Simpana
  • IBM Tivoli
  • EMC Networker
  • Symantec Backup Exec / NetBackup
  • NAKIVO Software
  • PoINT Software

Call us for your backup hardware and requirements.

Call us on 01256 782030 and we will be happy to provide advice.