Backing up data may be the world’s most important job that no one wants to do.  Every company in the universe these days understands that data is paramount to the organization. 

Take, for example, a landscaping company.  An organization that makes its money cutting grass, planting trees, building patios etc.  None of these activities involves an executable file. So where is the data? 

Consider for a moment all the activity that happens in between the time that shovels are hitting the dirt.

  • What job is being worked this week and where?
  • How many hours were spent on it?
  • What was spent on fuel and how many miles were trekked on the road? 
  • Who is being billed, who is being paid and how much of each? 

Today, this information and more is being tracked as electronic data. And even if this landscaping company is fully cloud-based in its approach – the data exists, and it had better be backup up somewhere.

So, if data is so important, even to the least data-driven business, why does no one want to back it up?

The dreaded “backup window”

Every admin has had the experience of cracking open their laptop first thing in the morning only to find the backup… from 12 hours before… is still running.  Or, worse yet, finished in no time at all!  No time at all because the backup failed. The backup window is a nightly free for all where anything and everything can go wrong.

Here is a timeline for a traditional daily backup:

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What remedy can the backup admin apply? 

Answer - Simple, get rid of the backup window.

With Quest Rapid Recovery, backup windows are a thing of the past.  Rapid Recovery uses an incremental forever approach, writing down only the data that has changed since the previous backup. 

Following this logic, a backup that could be executed every, say, 30 minutes would have only a small set of changed data to gather and transfer to the local appliance, greatly reducing the time and network traffic to perform a backup.

Furthermore, all backups are done using snapshot technology, so the writes are consistent without disrupting your production work. The data is deduplicated and stored, ready for recovery if necessary

As an added bonus to eliminating the backup window, the frequent backup increments mean the Recovery Point Objective, or RPO, is cut down considerably.  Instead of going back to yesterday to find and restore data, one can go back less than an hour. 

This represents a tangible savings in worker production should a server fail in the middle of the workday. Here is a timeline of a Rapid Recovery backup:

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What does that mean for your business?

Ransomware Protection

If a ransomware virus infects your file server, you just restore it from the last clean backup.  This was less than 30 minutes ago so you will lose minimal data. Rapid Recovery uses “Live Recovery” so your users can access the data while it is being recovered. 

  • No ransom paid
  • Minimal data loss
  • Minimal downtime

In case you are wondering, this is a real-life scenario.  It happened to one of our managed services customers and here is the timeline.

Malicious Attacks (by an employee!)

Maybe you fired someone who wasn’t doing a good job, but you were nice and gave them some time to pack up their things and say goodbye to their colleagues.

However, what you didn’t expect is that instead, they went back to their desk and started deleting critical data. Oh, and by the way, you are a medical company so losing this data could have legal implications that could cost the business thousands of dollars.

Fortunately, you have Rapid Recovery which means you can recover that data from backup almost as fast as it is being deleted.  You don’t have to go back to last night’s backup and hope it’s a good one. Instead, you can go back 30 minutes and find all the files you need.

Again, this really happened to one of our StorTrust customers. They called us in a panic and we helped them recover the files while the rogue employee was escorted off the premises.

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There are additional benefits to Rapid Recovery that one can explore, including:

  • Near instant restore of critical servers with virtual standby capability. 
  • Built-in core-to-core replication for off-site storage or cloud disaster recovery like Abtech’s StorTrust service. 
  • Live Recovery:  Provides near-zero RTO by giving users access to their files while they are being recovered.
  • Universal Recovery: Recover a virtual machine to different physical hardware. Recover a physical server as a virtual machine or to a different physical machine.
  • Encryption: AES-256 encryption protects data in motion and at the remote site.
  • Deduplication: Powerful inline, block-level deduplication reduces bandwidth and storage usage.
  • Compression: Built-in compression algorithms compress files and data by as much as 80:1. 

In short, backup windows can be a thing of the past and the experts at Abtech Technologies can help make it happen.