Backup Software for Data Protection
Backup software is designed to ensure that your valuable data is backed up and protected, in the event of a disaster you can recover files or complete volumes. Backup software can be purchased in various ways including appliances like the Fujitsu CS200c or a complete backup solution from arcserve. We provide the installation, configuration and support of all the backup software we supply. Fortuna Data provides backup software for companies large and small as well as education, healthcare and government. This is vitally important to protect data against viruses, hardware failure, accidental erasure, malicious damage or theft. Backup and restore 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 FunctionalityThere 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 Software 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 de-duplication which reduces your backup volumes by up to 20:1, which can you use with your disk array.
How do you want to backup?Increasingly in a connected world our data is more at risk than ever before, choosing the right backup software can make big differences in terms of how quickly we restore data, files or system images. The fact is today we have more data to protect, due to the higher capacity and lower price point of hard disks and SSD. It is easier to keep everything and back this up nightly as our networks are now typically much faster than 5 years ago and data volumes 5x - 10x bigger! Choosing backup and restore software which can handle your exact requirements is not easy and time consuming. Backup software should be able to backup and perform the following:
- Backup to tape (still the lowest cost per TB of storage)
- Restore individual mail boxes and messages
- Perform image backups from virtual machines
- Backup to disk
- Data encryption
- Single management GUI
- Perform multiple backup streams
- Utilise data deduplication
- Comprehensive reporting
- Easy to use and install
- Agentless backup
- How is it licensed i.e. capacity or agent?
- Can the jobs be managed centrally?
- Can the software backup my environment?