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Top Data Protection Myths - Myth 5

Created: 11 Sep 2008 19:36:17 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:39:55 GMT
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 Myth #5: Data Protection is Just Backup


As we make our way through common data protection myths, we have talked quite a bit about how innovation has advanced data protection technologies over the last few years. In fact, until fairly recently data protection was all about backup. How fast can we backup our data? What is the success rate of backups? These were the primary concerns for IT administrators.

Now, recovery is the star of the show. It's not simply about backing up the data. The data must be recoverable-usually quickly and at the right granularity. Therefore, recovery is largely viewed as the most important aspect of data protection. If an organization cannot recover the data when they need it, what is the point of backing it up in the first place?

Here's an example. Imagine that you are a small business that relies heavily on IT functions for sales, operations, and day-to-day communication. Perhaps you run a law firm and need to produce a specific file or email for a court case. That small amount of data must be recovered. And, depending on your deadline, you need the ability to do it quickly.

As I've mentioned throughout this series, the tolerance for data loss in today's environment is minimal-even for the smallest organizations-but that low tolerance (and the speed at which it is recovered) is only part of the larger recovery equation.

The other challenge is the growing importance of granular recovery, which is the need to recover a single document, file, or piece of data. Advanced granular recovery technologies allow users to protect data with a single-pass backup but recover data at either the granular, file-level or image level. This technology is available for file systems as well as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory as well as virtual environments.

The number of recovery scenarios is always becoming more complicated. If granular recovery is at one end of the spectrum, the other might be complete system recovery, otherwise known as "bare metal recovery." Integrated system recovery technologies can leverage single-pass backups for fast, yet comprehensive system recovery-even in dissimilar hardware environments.

With these new technologies-and new demands-the emphasis has shifted. Backup performance used to be the primary consideration when selecting a backup product. While backup performance is still a major factor when considering a solution, it's really all about recovery today. And, the recovery needs of organizations can vary greatly based on the organization and the scenario.

Tomorrow, we'll close out our series by debunking myths around virtual machine backups.