Best practices for using Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec

Article:HOWTO24199  |  Created: 2010-01-01  |  Updated: 2011-09-16  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO24199
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Best practices for using Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec

You can use Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec to back up any data that you would normally back up with Backup Exec. Symantec recommends that you use Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec for the small jobs that contain your most critical data however. Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec is not intended to replace your local backup process. It can, however, help to provide security from natural disasters and hardware failure for your business' most important data.

Bandwidth capabilities may limit your ability to back up large Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec jobs. You may find that it takes longer to run the same jobs over the Internet than it does to run them locally. Since you pay for the storage space that you use, backing up only your critical jobs is also the most cost-effective use of this service.

The most efficient way to use Symantec Online Storage is to run the same duplicate backup job periodically. You can create a policy and run the job according to a schedule. After the first time you run a job, Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec examines the backup data in subsequent occurrences of that job. Any data that is unchanged from the previous occurrence is skipped. Subsequent backups include only the files that have changed since the last occurrence. This process reduces the amount of time and bandwidth that is required to run recurring backup jobs.

You may want to back up the following types of critical information with Symantec Online Storage for Backup Exec:

  • Backup Exec catalogs

  • Customer relationship management databases

  • Employee or payroll information


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