How are you spending World Backup Day?

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Backup is not glamorous and typically receives little attention—but it is critical to all enterprise companies, should anything happen to its data. Whether it is just an erroneous file delete or a full-blown disaster which could destroy a datacenter you need to know that your data is protected and can be restored quickly. Performing backups never normally receives much attention, but if disaster should happen, then the whole company will be looking to you to recover the business and get it operational again.

World Backup Day provides a small recognition for this essential task. I encourage you to use it as an excuse to validate that your scheduled backups are all running and completing as expected.  Do you know if your SLAs are being met and that you can achieve the RPO and RTO targets for your data? Is your storage use being optimized for your backups to ensure maximum efficiency and performance? Are there any gaps in your current backup processes and are you ready for the new technologies and storage solutions that the company is deploying?

In your backup solution you need something that can handle your full Hybrid-IT environment.  While there is still a lot traditional storage hardware including tape storage, more and more cloud, whether private, public or a combination of these is being used. Virtual machines are also proliferating and are a key component of any enterprise IT solution. Your ideal solution will provide a single management view of your full backup environment and provide reporting on the performance of all aspects of your data. Do you really want to expend time and resources checking multiple management interfaces, and running and trying to consolidate numerous reports to get a full picture of your backup status?

Now is the perfect time to not only check how your backup needs are being met, but also to assess the backup tools that you are using to protect your data. There are a few questions to ask yourself during this assessment:

  • Are you expending IT resources while trying to manage multiple backup silos using different backup tools?
  • Are your costs rocketing due to service and maintenance fees?
  • Will your current solution scale with your growing data demands?
  • Are your mission critical applications fully backed up by a solution that is certified and you can trust?

Is it a coincidence that the latest release of Micro Focus Data Protector was made generally available on 30th March? This alignment provides the perfect opportunity to check out what is new in Data Protector and how the product is developing as part of an independent software company.  It still retains—and increases—the strong integration with the HPE storage platforms but it also expands its capabilities into the cloud and virtual environments.  If you have looked at Data Protector in the past, or are maybe using an older version now, you may like its new user interface and improved, simpler, more functional scheduler. (And I haven’t even mentioned the enhanced security functionality.)

So, World Backup Day is a day to be recognized and also an opportunity to review your current status. Take the opportunity now to check out the latest from Micro Focus Data Protector and Backup Navigator and see what they can do for you.

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About the Author
Ken is a senior product marketing manager for Data Protector at Micro Focus. He has a background in design and development with over 30 years in the IT industry, including more than 10 years as Product Manager for storage products. At Micro Focus, he is responsible for the alliance and partner content enablement and go-to-market activity for the Data Protector backup and recovery software.
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