Each of these new backup offerings has a high dependency on a tiered storage model to be effective, thereby giving the user the opportunity to realize cost savings.
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With this in mind, what business would dare flaunt the capabilities of this new line of backup software and still use legacy off-the-shelf network/client backup products? Actually, there are four such groups:
- Organisations without OLAs/SLAs defined in their business continuity plan
- Organisations without clarity around what data they really need to be backing up
- IT Service providers who manage through simplicity and have deep pockets
- Vendors who manage the storage service and bill on utilisation
Certainly most SMBs will continue to adopt this approach (until managed service offerings come down considerably in price). Mid-sized businesses that need to continue driving down the cost of data backups will also find many benefits in using inexpensive tape technology/media.
However, organisations with an eye on data management, ILM and/or data deduplication will be looking at server virtualisation to leverage these new backup methodologies, and will invest in new backup processes for their business in order to avoid a technology refresh.
Andrew McCreath is an engagement partner with Glasshouse Technologies (UK), a global provider of IT infrastructure services. He has more than 16 years experience of Infrastructure and Management Information Systems. Prior to joining GlassHouse, Andrew managed multi-million dollar projects while employed with Accenture, Credit Suisse First Boston, Kimberly-Clark, Société Générale and EMC, and is currently specialised in server virtualisation and data centre consolidation.